Who are we?

Shildon Railway Institute is a friendly members club, event venue and community focal point for the people of Shildon and beyond in the most recent home of the first Railway Institute in the world which has been in existence from 1833 to present day. We are a living legacy of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and our first President Timothy Hackworth.


Our building is located on Redworth Road, Shildon, Co Durham.

Mon - 18:30 pm to 23:00 pm

Tue - 18:30 pm to 23:00 pm

Wed - 18:30 pm to 23:00 pm

Thu - Closed all day

Fri - 12:00 noon to 23:00 pm

Sat - 12:00 noon to 23:00 pm

Sun - 12:00 noon to 23:00 pm

We've got flexible spaces to meet most needs whether you are wanting to hold the best party ever for family or loved ones, or whether youlre looking for somewhere quiet for your group, club or society to meet and focus. Our ground floor Main Hall and Hackworth Lounge are wheelchair accessible - whilst our meeting space in the MacNay Room, with its Whitfield Library of rail and local history books is situated on our first floor.

2023 is an important year for us as it marks our Institute's 190th Anniversary.

Throughout the year we'll be doing a number of things and holding some special events to celebrate 190 years of this organisation serving the community of Shildon. We're hoping you'll join in the celebrations as we go.

Stay tuned for more information

It's agreed! We are going to become a Community Benefit Society.

In a ballot of members held between 4th and 11th June 2023, the membership of Shildon Railway Institute agreed almost unanimously that it supported the motion to transform to become a Community Benefit Society.

Find more information here.

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As a building, she looks weary, but that's because she has a long story to tell.

We're running a campaign to restore our beautiful building for the community

It's a busy old world. Find out what's going on at the world's oldest Railway Institute. 

Saving Your "Stute"


Shildon Railway Institute, or the "Stute" as it's affectionately known, is without a doubt in need of a little tender care to bring it back to a condition it once enjoyed in Shildon's railway glory days.