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National Railway Museum, York

At National Railway Museum, learn about the history of trains and their effect on British society. This engaging museum, which won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2001, houses 100 locomotives and almost 200 items of rolling stock that either ran on British rails or that British manufacturers produced. Wander through the massive halls and board all types of trains, from the opulent Royal Train to a futuristic Japanese bullet train. Observe engineers working at their craft in the workshop and take a ride on the miniature railway outside. Guides are available to give children a fun education on Britain's rail history. Plan to visit National Railway Museum during your York vacation using our convenient York trip planner.
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  • Absolutely loved this place A great place to see the steam trains and the platforms as they use to be  more »
  • I was surprised by how much I enjoyed visiting the museum. I expected it to be fairly interesting, and take up an hour or so, but there's so much there, almost all of which is so interesting, that we....  more »
  • I love this place. I have been visiting since a child. I am not particularly interested in trains, but this museum is genuinely fantastic ! For me, the Warehouse is of particular interest- it holds...  more »
  • A feast of historic trains from the earliest days of steam to modern day, at this world famous ***free***museum in York, England. Currently in the display is the iconic Rocket, built in 1829 by George Stephenson. As pictured. Also the iconic Mallard c.1938 (pictures). Children’s activities, daily guided tours, two cafes, lots more! Go visit!
  • One of the best museums I've been to! Even for somebody not hugely interested in trains, you can't fail to be impressed by the railway museum. The trains are really impressive, well maintained and accompanied by loads of information. There are talks and demonstrations taking place all day long. The cafe is also really good offering a great selection of cakes, coffees and freshly prepared breakfast. Made even more impressive by the fact it's free entry!
  • The National Railway museum at York went way beyond expectations. The displays are really well done, and the exhibitions are vast! The layout of the museum is excellent, with room after room of displays with something for everyone - train buff or not (I’m not). The cafe is excellent; parking easy and ideally located for the centre of York. All in all, a brilliant few hours entertainment, and all for free!! Amazing place - a must visit if I n York.
  • This is a free (suggested donations only) museum and one of my favourites in York. They have 2 giant halls full of trains where you can climb steps to look inside or even walk inside a few of them. There are some additional exhibits as well as a miniature railway for kids and a full steam experience for anyone. Just a 5 minute walk from York station everyone should make time to come here. There is also a cute cafe in the middle of the platforms with train like seating. Loved it!
  • Went to meet a friend and took the 2 year old and the 6 month old. Accidentally spent hours here - as soon as we thought we'd seen it all we found another part to explore. Toddler loved the play stuff, and sitting in the trains. Friend & I loved everything and there were plenty of spaces to sit and feed the baby. Only paid out £3 the whole day and that was because the toddler wanted to ride on the miniature railway out the back and I couldn't say no. Something for everyone and an incredible day out in the end!

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