Darlington Railway Station with Trans Pennine Express train
Stonework at the side of railway tracks along the Bishop Line, North East UK
The Bishop Line. Photo: Scott Akoz
Darlington Railway Station with Cross Country
Bishop Line train
Bishop Line
Darlington - Bishop Auckland
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Plan your trip

Take the highspeed Virgin Trains East Coast train from London Kings Cross to Darlington. Trains leave regularly throughout the day (look up times). The journey takes approximately 2 hours 33 minutes. Alternatively take the regular Trans Pennine Express train (look up times) from Manchester Victoria to Darlington. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 49 minutes.


Attractions along the Bishop Line include:

Head of Steam Museum 

Packed full of railway memorabilia and don’t miss seeing Robert Stephenson & Company’s Locomotion No. 1.

Journey time – 3 minute walk from North Road station


Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Discover locomotives from throughout the ages.

Journey time – 5 minute walk from Shildon station


Auckland Castle

Visit the this palace of outstanding historic and architectural value. Please note Auckland Castle is currently undergoing a major renovation. Please check opening times/restrictions in advance of visit.

Journey time – 18 minute walk from Bishop Auckland station

Nearby heritage railways