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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  • Great place to visit.Its very interesting and there’s also small coffee place for you to relax. I’ll be going back for sure.  more »
  • My dear wife agreed to visit this museum just to please me. Unfortunately it was mid afternoon before we arrived at the site but was greeted by a charming lady who told us it was free to visit. There ...  more »
  • great day out you can enter and touch most exhibits, no restrictions on photos. Café and snack bars quite dear for food. plenty places to sit and enjoy your own food and still see all the trains  more »
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  • Fantastic place free entrance, historic trains and modern trains arranged beautifully, models of train station and systems of the trains. You can see old style crockery used in the trains, steam engines and their inside how it works. The museum has a great hall which is wonderful and kids can have a ride in the modern engine {pseudo ride}. Restaurant is reasonably priced. It's clean and well managed. It's a good place to take children but also a good day out for adults.
  • Absolutely fantastic day out for all the family and it's free entry! All you have to pay is £10 for the car park which lasts all day. So many different exhibitions from past to present. Friendly and helpful staff all willing to help and offer information if needed. Our kid's loved it (3 & 7 years old). You could definitely spend all day here, unfortunately we didn't arrive until early afternoon so did not get to see everything! We will definitely be back a to visit again! Thanks for a great afternoon!
  • Amazing day out and you do need a day. The exhibits are beautiful and you can actually touch them. There are no rope barriers or do not touch signs. The restaurant is located on a platform between two parked steam locomotives and their carriages. The food is great too. The atmosphere of the museum literally smells like oil and smoke. It's not pungent by any means but lends itself to the age these fascinating machines lived in. Entrance is free but some of the activities are charged for. The first thing that comes to mind when first entering the museum is "WOW" and that never stops happening throughout your visit.
  • Me and my son went and we fairly enjoyed it. It's free entry however they kindly ask for a donation. Note though that most of the children's activities cost (train rides etc) so bare that in mind before making a donation. On site cafes are a little pricey and to my opinion not worth the value, tried being too fancy with the ingredients and selections so when my son wants to eat a plain margarita pizza we didn't expect all the added spices and veg (binned it). Lot's for the children to do (some at a cost) and could easily spend 3 - 4 hours.
  • Excellent railway museum that's great for the family. Firstly it's free, there is a car park that costs 10 pounds, there are 2 halls that are connected by a subway. There is a cafe in the great Hall, a restaurant that runs between 2 rows of trains, you can also have cream tea on the countess of York train. There is a turntable in the great Hall where a live demonstration of the turntable is performed at multiple times of the day. Outside there is a steam engine you can take a ride on, and a miniature train you can take a ride on. Personally the miniature train was a better experience than the steam train, the journey is longer plus it loops round the course twice. The steam train just goes back and forth twice and its a pretty short ride. You can also take a land train to York minster from outside the station hall, it costs 3 pounds per adult and 2 for kids I think. The town centre is within walking distance, takes about 20 to 25 minutes. The shop is pretty good and there are other exhibitions and displays. The trains teams from a rocket recreation to the eurostar, there's a series 0 Japanese bullet train, a huge Chinese train, and of course the mallard. Highly recommended.
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