Admission and opening times

We have had to make some changes to keep our staff and visitors safe.

For now all visitors including Annual Pass holders, Friends of the Museum and partner organisations will need to book a ticket on our Eventbrite page [external link].

This is because we need to limit numbers and keep contact details to comply with the Test and Trace measures in place. You will need to show your booking confirmation and pay or show your pass or membership card on arrival at the museum. If possible, you should pay by contactless. If you are unable to book online, please phone the museum on 01325 405060 and we will help.

Museum Opening Times


(1st April to 30th September)

Closed Mondays.

Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm


(1st October to 31st March)

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Wednesday to Sunday 11am - 3.30pm

Open on Bank Holiday Mondays (not including

Christmas day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day).


Please see our reopening page for prices during COVID-19

  • Adult - £4.95 per visit
  • Concessions - £3.75 per visit
  • 6 - 16 years - £3 per visit
  • 5 years and under - Free
  • Family Pass - 2 Adults and up to 4 children per visit - £10

Yearly membership

  • Annual membership - £10 (unlimited visits per year, eligible for ages 6 and above)
  • Group membership - £15 (unlimited visits per year, 2 Adults and up to 4 children)

Membership application form

Membership card example

Discounted entry

Groups: For groups of 10 or more you receive one free pass for every 10 paying visitors i.e. 11th person is free. For every group of 30 people or more the travel operator goes free too.  The bus driver receives free entry.

Blue Peter Badge holders: Free entry (between 6-15 years old) when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Educational visits: Entry to Head of Steam for pupils on school visits is free if pre-booked.

Carers: Free entry for carers when accompanying the person in their care (normal admission fee).

National Union of Students: concessionary rate on production of a valid NUS card.

Max Card:  2 for 1 on production of a valid Max Card.

Special groups

Free entry to the following groups on presentation of a valid membership card:

  • Friends of the museum
  • NERA
  • DRPS
  • A1/P2 Trust
  • Museums Association
  • Heritage Railway Association
  • Group for Education in Museums (GEM)
  • Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme