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:
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
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