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National Railway Museum, York

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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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  • Wonderfully exciting and interesting day out. Something for everyone . Delicious cafe in the Station Hall Suitable for 3 & 8 year old girls 
    Wonderfully exciting and interesting day out. Something for everyone . Delicious cafe in the Station Hall Suitable for 3 & 8 year old girls  more »
  • The trains and equipment on display are a real revelation. It was such an interesting visit, with trains from all ocross the world, both modern and old. Highly recommend for young and old. 
    The trains and equipment on display are a real revelation. It was such an interesting visit, with trains from all ocross the world, both modern and old. Highly recommend for young and old.  more »
  • For a free attraction this place is fantastic. If you like trains and being wowed by British engineering go and have a look around. The cafes do great coffee and cake too!!! 
    For a free attraction this place is fantastic. If you like trains and being wowed by British engineering go and have a look around. The cafes do great coffee and cake too!!!  more »
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  • Absolutely brilliant museum the trains are magnificent ..the Mallard is my grandson and my favourite.! The historic Royal carriages are beautiful and sitting along platforms with vintage furniture, fittings and luggage gives an atmospheric taste of bygone days.. there are two super cafes and an outdoor picnic area too.. plus a lovely souvenir shop.. there's a model railway display with various trains working at intervals and for the little ones there is a soft play area ..all in all a fabulous day out.. 🚂👍
  • This is a great museum for railway lovers. The museum has a large range of historic locomotives on display from the Victorian era to the present day. The engines are all beautifully painted and looked after. Older visitors are likely to enjoy the nostalgia of seeing engines from some decades ago. The museum also appeals to younger visitors who enjoy both looking at the trains and playing in the the children's areas both indoors and outdoors. The venue also provides catering and a shop where indulgent grandparents can buy toy engines.
  • Great place to go. It’s huge and has loads of trains. Plus the best part is it’s free! You can pay to go on a mallard experience but you don’t have to. The cafes are nice and the prices are what you expect for this type of place. When we went you had to book your time slot to enter online to get in, otherwise you had to wait outside go on the website and get the confirmation. Don’t know if this is usual but it was bank holiday Monday when we went.
  • Not a keen train spotter, I was in two minds about this visit - but all our family had a great time. It was actually very interesting to see and learn about historic / important trains and the history of our railways. There were items on display from right across the UK, which doubtless increases the appeal for visitors too. Our children had a good time - I think the exhibits manage to appeal to all ages, in a way suited to their own level. The staff were kind and helpful, especially the volunteer driving the ride on train out back. Thanks! A good gift shop too.
  • Well worth the visit. We went here for my birthday. A very interesting museum. It shows off railway history through every part and the models of the trains are stunning. The miniature railway is a must if it is not raining and your wig isn’t being blown off 🤣 Kinda shame the Mallard experience was sold out because I would of liked to do that. We spent 2 and a half hours here. We’d definitely come back here when we’re in York again. Staff friendly and the place very clean. So well done 😎

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