Stephenson's Rocket returns to Tyneside

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Robert Stephenson’s iconic steam locomotive Rocket has come home to Newcastle, for the first time in 156 years

Rocket at Discovery


Until 9 September 2018 (historic exhibition)


Robert Stephenson’s iconic steam locomotive Rocket comes home to Newcastle, on loan to Discovery Museum, Newcastle from the Science Museum Group as part of Great Exhibition of the North,
until 9 September 2018.

Find out how this historic engine’s ground-breaking design heralded the birth of passenger railways and celebrate the region’s world-famous industrial heritage.

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Great Exhibition of the North 
22 June - 9 September 2018 

Summer 2018 will see the biggest cultural event in England take place in Newcastle and Gateshead. Explore cutting-edge tech, amazing exhibitions and mind-blowing performances designed to entertain the whole family and fire the imagination! This once-in-a-lifetime event is free and family friendly.