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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  • I would recommend you allow 1 1/2 hours to see all the museum and beaware that they start closing the museum down about half an hour before closing time and 15 minutes before closing time in the gift ...  more »
  • We had some friends visit us from Lancashire with two young children and they wanted to go to the NRM, York. Even though we live nearby we have never been so we didn't know what to expect. Knowing how...  more »
  • We really enjoyed this museum, and it's free! We are a family of 5 with children aged 13, 12 and 9. So much to see. We all really enjoyed this attraction. Great cafes too. A must for a visit to York  more »
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  • Fantastic place! All three of us - wife, daughter and me - had a blast. There are places to sit down and eat, just sit down or just eat. Lot of show area with fascinating exhibits everywhere you turn. Prepare to spend several hours there at least several times - there's that much to see!
  • A really great place to visit all year round. Loads of different trains, many of which you can walk onto or into. All the royal trains are incredible, also learning about how they used to deliver the mail by rail. But what we really liked were the racks and racks of memorabilia in the back of the museum. Old cutlery and crockery form first class trains, seats from the old stations, signs, timetables, literally thousands of different things all stacked up. So much history, we could have spent hours in this area alone.
  • A superb destination for all lovers of rail. Explore their open warehouse and workshop, get up close to some amazing trains old and new. Learn about the Royal carriages they've preserved and enjoy a delightful silver service afternoon tea aboard a rather unique restaurant carriage. Great fun for kids and adults alike.πŸš‚πŸš„πŸš…πŸš†πŸšˆ
  • Just an amazing place. Full of information and was like a trip down memory lane. Excellent staff to answer any questions. One of those places you can keep going back to and find something new every time. A national treasure..πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
  • A brilliant museum, loads of smashing railway engines and history stuff to see. The staff here are so friendly and helpful. They really do their best to engage visitors by spending appropriate amounts of time to questions and discussions.

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