National Railway Museum
Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire YO26 4XJ
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Mon - Sun: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec
19a Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5LJ
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A good museum if you're into the trains and such like. There is a cheapish service (£2) to the city centre though you travel in a train-shaped road bus!
You feel rather dwarfed by the trains as you walk around - there isn't quite enough chance to get up close to the higher parts, though in plenty of exhibitions you can actually walk around. There's no semblance of structure either, which means you wander around and could get hopelessly confused.
A visit to the NRM is always an enjoyable experience. There are few free exhibitions that offer as much in the area. so it is well worth a visit. It depends on yourself but a trip around the museum could take you anything from an hour and half whizz around or a half day investigative tour. There are also scheduled presentations at various points around the museum which are well worth a visit.
Even if you are not a train enthusiast the NRM caters for all.
I have visited the national railway museum many times and it is always a good day out. Children also enjoy it and there are a few hands on activities they can do. You can also have the opperunity to ride on a train. There is alot there to see and you can get right up to alot of trains.
An absolutely brilliant day out - and free, as well. I’m not even a train enthusiast, but there was plenty to keep me interested and entertained. The museum of artifacts was fascinating, and the video clips showing the social history associated with train travel over the years was utterly fascinating. Well worth a visit.
york railway museum is a fantastic and free day out! you’d br forgiven for thinking that a railway museum would be boring and only for train spotters! while i’m sure it is extra exciting for them there is also loads interesting things to do for the rest of us! theres lots of hands on and interactive stuff for kids and adults alike and even a minature railway you can go for a ride on!
its free!! it is a fab day out with the family. i went here the first ever time i came down to york to see my boyfriend, we had a great day out, we really enjoyed ourselfs.
the parking is not free, but its very cheap tho, and its ok to pay for it as your getting in for free anyways.
its meant to be the biggest rail museum in the world, and the trains are great to see, its amazing how much traveling has changed through out the years.
it would be a great day out for the kids, as its free and you can spend as much time on there as you want. the have a lot of interactive things for the kids to play with, and it makes learning fun for them. and it also made it fun for my boyfriend too, who is such a big kid at heart!! hehe
The have a wee cafe, and its lovely, great prices, and a nice place just to chill out and to enjoy your day at the museum.
The staff are very friendly.
its a great day out, i recommend it to all!
The National Railway Museum in York is the biggest railway museum in the world, and it’s free! It’s a very interactive museum, making it great for children (and big kids too). They have a wide range of locomotives on display, from a model of Stephenson’s Rocket to the futuristic bullet train (that you can enter). The fastest steam train in the world, Mallard, is also here. When I went we were allowed to go up onto the footplate of Mallard and a guide told us about the history of it and showed us around the inside of the cab.
If you aren’t all that interested in looking at the locomotives they also have a collection of royal carriages that are fascinating to peer into. It amazed me to see a bath on a train!
Just outside the museum if the Yorkshire Wheel, which is like a smaller version of the London Eye (so just like a ferris wheel with enclosed carriages). I went on it when I visited on Guy Fawkes night last year and it was great to see York all lit up and fireworks going off all over the place.
The best thing about this museum is that it is free of charge and huge- it is the largest railway museum in the world. There is a huge collection of locomotives and you can go inside one or two of them to explore. One of the main exhibition is the Flying Scotsman, where there are a few interactive games (touch screen) for kids to play.
I also went for a ride on the Yorkshire Wheel, which you have to pay for. There was no line even though it was a weekend and very few people were on. However, you get to sit for around three rounds, which probably took 7 mins or so. The wheel is quite new and clean, and the view is breathtaking!
The National Railway Museum is a treasure trove of British history and a must for any family to visit. It is best in winter when occupying children can be difficult and the free admission makes a difference to the budget for a day out. To see trains like Stephenson’s Rocket and Mallard makes history come alive for primary age children and the scale of the exhibits is unbelievable. The Royal Train is especially interesting in it’s lack of extravagant décor and my children had an added bonus of being pictured beside a steam train once driven by their uncle ! Take a picnic for a low budget great day out.
The York Train museum always is fantastic and free!
We get the train straight to the York train station and walked over the bridge instead of walking all the way round, which is great!
Firstly we went around the Great Hall exhibition and it has the fantastic trains, The Bullet and the miniture train exhibition. We then went outside and to the activity shed where there are puzzles and things for the children to try and solve which is wonderful. Spent a lot of time there.
In the Great Hall there was a Chinese exhibition with dancers and drummers which was great.
We had a great coffee and cookie and then carried on to look at the Royal Train and the Queen’s Golden Wedding exhibition which was really interesting and great.
The National Railway Museum is located not far out of central York.
The museum offers a big selection of exibits and some very special ones. Including the Mallard which is the fastest steam train ever. It is a large place and you can get close to a variety of locamotive delights. One of the highlights is Queen Victorias carriage which with all it’s oppulance shows you what you are missing out on on your daily commute. I feel that even if you are not railway minded the museum is intresting enough to hold attention and provide a good visit.
To get there I would recomend using one of the tourist buses, you can get a day ticket for a reasonable price which allows you to travel all day and get off and on at various stops, enjoy your visit.
A good place to bring children, I would avoid a Sunday if possible and in school holidays the noise can be deafening. It does have free admission but the car parking charges were expensive, as is the cafe. During summer, and maybe school holidays, a little road train runs to and from the centre of York - can be a long walk for little legs. The Bullet Train our favourite and the sumptuous royal carriages.
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