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Visit to Raby Castle & Shildon Railway Museum with the Yorkshire Section Sept 2016
Raby Castle is the impressive and complete 14th century fortress of the powerful Nevills, with nine towers set in 200 acres of landscaped deer park It has been home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626. Victorian restoration by Burn includes the Octogan Drawing Room and extensions of the Barons' Hall to 132-ft. There are fine collections including paintings, furniture, Meissen porcelain and arms. The medieval Great Kitchen and Servants' Hall survive.
The National Railway Museum at Shildon, also known as Locomotion is a branch of the National Railway Museum (NRM), which is part of the Science Museum Group. Shildon acts as an annex, with important exhibits on display. The museum was opened on 22 October 2004 and built at a cost of 11.3 million, it is based on the former "Timothy Hackworth Victorian Railway Museum". The museum is operated in partnership with Durham County Council and was expected to bring 60,000 visitors a year to the small town.