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. 

Located on Redworth Road, New Shildon.

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

Transforming your Institutute to be ready for the years ahead.

At the Annual General Meeting in 2022 your Committee set out an inintention to re-constitute Shildon Railway Institute to become a Community Benefit Society, which is a recognised modern non-profit organisation. The process is underway and a propsal will be presented to members for consideration soon.

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.