George Stephenson's Birthplace, Wylam

Birthplace of the world-famous railway engineer

Discover the humble birthplace of great railway pioneer, George Stephenson, whose entire family lived in just one room. Our costumed guide tells the story of how challenging life was for mining families, like George’s, that once crammed into this now charming little stone cottage, nestled in a pretty garden near the river Tyne.

Although the Museum is closed during the winter season, our Tearoom will remain open every weekend from 11am-3pm. If you're walking or cycling along the Wylam Waggonway, pop in and warm up with hot and cold drinks, freshly baked cakes, homemade soups, toasties and bacon butties!
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  • We walked along "The Track" as it's called locally - after a lovely Sunday lunch at The Ship - unfortunately the cottage appears to be closed, though the building seems to be well maintained from the....  more »
  • Went here on the Heritage Open Day as now the building is closed to the public. Fascinating little place with George Stephenson's actual chair inside the front room where he and all of his family...  more »
  • I visited this place years' ago and the humble nature of the great man's birthplace was striking. I would love to visit again and I think it's disgraceful that it is closed and no longer appears in the Handbook. Would this happen if it was in the Home Counties? There are few enough NT properties in the NE.
  • A beautiful place to visit but it's such a shame this and the cafe have closed
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