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Heritage Open Days at George Stephenson's Birthplace 2024

Uncover the life of world-famous railway engineer George Stephenson in the cottage where he was born.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

Discover what life was like for a Georgian mining family and learn how different things were compared to how we live today.

Explore the fascinating collection of Stephenson memorabilia and period furnishings on display in the tiny room where George Stephenson was born and where his whole family lived, ate and slept. Tread on the same flagstones as young George and learn about The Rocket, the steam locomotive he pioneered.

Take some time to experience the natural surroundings before or after your visit. The cottage was once on the edge of industrial Tyneside but it's now an oasis surrounded by meadows, chalk grassland, woodland and riverside. Wander down to a quiet stretch of the River Tyne, or head to the bustling Tyne Riverside Park, just a short walk away.


The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895 The event is free but booking is essential.


Children welcome

Meeting point

Meet at George Stephenson's Birthplace Cottage where a guide will take you inside the cottage to visit the room where Stephenson lived with his family during his formative years.


One disabled parking space approached from north side of property (Horsley). Main parking at Wylam Tyne Riverside Country Park, approximately 1/2 mile from property. A portable hearing loop can be provided. Small single pushchairs can be accommodated (doorways are very narrow).

Upcoming events


Walk the Line - Wylam and George Stephenson's Birthplace - July 2024 

Created by Wylam Parish Council with the National Trust, Walk the Line gives a glimpse of Wylam’s industrial past.

Event summary

22 Jul 2024
10:30 to 12:30