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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 see National Railway Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our York holiday planner.
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  • Visited in February during term time always new displays to enjoy. As well as some of the old favourites Evening Star and Mallard. Some of the less known locomotives are also on display As a bonus saw...  more »
  • We visited the railway museum with our girls aged 5 and 7. They aren't massively into trains but enjoyed seeing the displays and role playing, particularly in the ambulance train. Would recommend.  more »
  • For the 5 times visited this museum, inaugural free (donation requested) the layout inside and out great. Trains, wagons and total train history is present on exhaustive. Visit with children is also recommended. There is also a train (car with trailer) from museum to the city of York. (pay) A real winner.
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  • I'm not a railway buff but the engines are majestic beasts of engineering from the past. Also there are present day train. There is also an area of items that have been collected but are waiting to be placed in features. It also has a viewing gallery into the workshop to see restoration projects underway. On the otherside is a large library. There is a large coffee shop to the rear of the exhibition. There is a play area for the younger visitors to let off steam. Tours are provided. Best of all entrance is FREE!
  • We stopped here on the way back from Scotland, and what a stop! The museum is large enough to spend hours in, and despite 4 hours, we feel we still have bits to see. The engines are spectacular, so well presented and beautiful to look at. The information around them is enough to get you by, with options to ask staff if you want to know more. We were fortunate enough to be allowed on the foot plate of the Mallard, which made our day. Unfortunately, that and the Bullet train were the only ones open, and carriage wise the modern ones were open. It would have been amazing to go aboard some of the older styled carriages in the station hall. Our little one found the station hall a little less fun as there was less for her to interact with. We really enjoyed the demonstration of the turntable and wished we could have seen more, having seen it. A great day out for us, and if we are that way again, will definitely visit again!
  • Great day out. Free to get in but donations welcome. The kids love it, so do I. Mini train ride available. Loads to see. Have been x3 times this year already. Packed lunch makes it a cheaper day out. Park and ride is good to get into York it's cheaper than paying York car park charges
  • Fun place. Loved the food court. Great place for an affordable high tea experience. Trains are magnificent. It's a tie with Scranton Pennsylvania for best train museum in the world. Thanks for free shuttle to town center.
  • The most beautiful museum. Free entry and have a car park so close the museum, the parking price good. Perfect for everyone. Lots of beautiful historical train. We visited every year, and never boring.