National Railway Museum, York

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Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England, United Kingdom

Phone: +44-084481531

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About National Railway Museum, York

This is about as close as you will ever come to your childhood fantasy of being a train driver. Whether you have just a passing interest in trains or you happen to be a devoted train spotter, you are guaranteed to have a splendid time at the NRM.

The NRM is a living ode to the growth and development of the British Railways. The museum offers access to over 300 years’ worth of history of how trains changed the British and how the British have changed their trains.

The museum attracts a large number of visitors every year, second only to the crowds pulled in by the London museums. The NRM is ginormous both in size and the number of locomotives on display. The regular exhibitions include the Flying Scotsman, the Duchess of Hamilton, the Mallard, Palace on Wheels carriages, Japanese Bullet trains, Eurostar and the guest display sometimes showcases star like the Hogwarts Express! Some of the trains and steam engines that you see here are more than 200 years old and have been brought to York from all over the world.

  • Apart from the impressive collection of trains, the NRM also houses ship models, cars, clocks, railway uniforms and commendable artwork.
  • The museum’s public library contains a large archive of railway documentation, engineer drawings, books and journals that can be accessed by anyone.
  • You are welcome to hop on for a short ride on the trains and take guided tours around the place.
  • A balcony at the NRM gives you a wonderful view of the traffic at the York Station.
  • The museum has miniature trains, interactive displays and an open play area for the little ones. On weekends and school holidays, they also hold special activities for the children.

As far as York attractions go, NRM is a real asset and free of charge! Today, the NRM is facing funding deficiency, so catch this one before it’s gone. Even the most apathetic of visitors will come out loving trains.

National Railway Museum Information

  • The museum has a good online presence. You can easily plan your visit in advance.
  • NRM also has an IPhone App for those travelling from London to Edinburgh wherein they can view attractions on the route. Online catalogues and archives are also available.
  • Wheelchair friendly premises and restrooms.
  • Cafes are available at the museum.
  • Gift shop available.
  • Facilities are available for visitors who are hearing or visually impaired.

National Railway Museum Ticket Prices

  • You may have to make a small charge for some activities at the National Railway Museum.
  • Although entry is free, you are encouraged to make a donation (£ 3 minimum) at the gate.

How To reach National Railway Museum by Public Transport

  • By bus: National Railway Museum (West Entrance) – 2, 5, 5A, 19, 30, 30E, 30X, 31, 31X. NRM Car Park – 5, 5A. 

Restaurants Near National Railway Museum

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  • The Rose Room
  • Burger King
  • York Tap

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National Railway Museum, York Reviews

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  • This is a lovely museum even if you are not keen on trains. It's free admission and very well run. Personally I'm not too interested in trains but there is enough to see on a visit for those who are not enthusiasts. The royal trains are fascinating especially if you listen to one of the free tours. I enjoyed the ambulance trains exhibition and the space shuttle one was there last time I went. There is a nice restaurant near the royal trains, very popular and fun to sit amongst it all. If you are a train buff you would return time and again!

  • Fantastic. You can spend a day here and still find something new if you back the next if you're really looking for every bit of information. IF you're just interested in trains a bit, or maybe thinking that you'll take a child to see them, then you can still easily pass 3-4 hours looking at history of the railways, and the steam engines on show, and going into the drivers compartments on some of the classic trains of yesteryear. Food and drink are available, but prices are as inflated as you'd expect in this environment. So you may want to take a packed lunch, but if you do purchase from the cafes available, you'll not be disappointed as quality is pretty good. The gift shop inside provides a good selection of items to remember your day. Again, some things are priced highly as expected, but you can find some truly interesting things here for a good price, and we've never left without something to add to our sons train memorabilia collection

  • Very interesting visit. Attended two talks, one about the Japanese Bullet Train, one about how I steam engine works. The man giving the Bullet Train talk was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. An excellent 15 minutes or so. The exhibits were well presented with some interesting write-ups. Well worth the donation suggested as entry is free.

  • It's a really fantastic museum for your family or if you are a train enthusiast. Just so much to see and do. There is a great model railway and a young kids play area. A train ride outside in the grounds A lovely coffee shop, with train tables and seating in one part of the museum. There it another coffee shop in the other half of the museum, with a lot of seating, that copes with the half term madness. They have other things for children to get involved in, during half term break. The staff a very pleasant and helpful. You can catch a train ride in to the town centre. There is parking nearby, or a short walk from York train station. Free entry, donate on entry is optional. Our young boys have a great time. Highly recommended!

  • Kids love coming here to see the trains. Tim Peak's capsule was a nice distraction, but it was in the most in accessible place, being on the turntable. The kids had fun doing the robot activities for the space event. It costs nothing to get in and do most of the activities, do it's a good day out for all of us.

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