National Railway Museum York

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  • Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England, YO26 4XJ, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-084481531
  • Fax: +1-01388771448
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Educational Site, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum, Social, Arts, Museums

About National Railway Museum York, 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 York 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 York 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 York by Public Transport

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

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National Railway Museum York, York Reviews

  • The National Railway Museum is worth a visit by anyone. The staff have done a fantastic job of restoration on the trains and the size of some of these beasts is really a sight to behold. Admission is free but donations are encouraged despite them being big or small the money is never wasted. So I encourage anyone. Young, old, male or female it doesn't matter. A great time will be had by all.

  • The kids love trains so we went here for a treat. It was a wet day, perfect for this museum. Entry is free although donations are welcome. All day museum parking is £10. They have lots of train to look at. You can sit in a bullet train carriage. There are steam, electric and diesel. They are all well maintained or restored. There is a restoration workshop you can watch. Refreshments on site are very expensive in the platform cafe. Take some sandwiches. That kids pizza is over £5. There is also a model train to ride which is £10 for a family of four.

  • Great day out for children of All ages 😊. I have visited this museum several times and always found something new to view. I used to drive down to York then I discovered the Train. You get off the Train up the Platform over the foot bridge down a short path and straight into the Museum. No stress caused by traffic jams,road works or looking for car parking spaces. There are good Parking spaces close to the Museum but they cater for commuters as well as museum visitors. Tied of the museum?, then take the land train which runs from the Museum to York Minster and back. Check out the website for special events which run throughout the year. Good disabled access and lifts for those who don't want to use the stairs. Cafes serve good food but its pricy for families. Outdoor picnic area where you can eat your own food and very good and clean toilets. Young children are well catered for with there own dedicated play areas. Really looking forward to live streaming days, and I suppose diesels if I must.

  • Railway museum is great for children big and small. Plenty of trains to see and explore with regular demonstrations on the fully working turn table. There are a number of places to get something to eat or drink and plenty to keep little ones busy both inside and out. With train tracks and role play plus an outside play area and a light railway. My 4 year old absolutely loves it along with the rest of the family. Something for all ages to enjoy. Well worth a trip

  • Fantastic. An excellent museum with lots to do. The displays of the hugely impressive loco’s, the queens train and much else is a whole day experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and to be honest if that was all we did whilst we were in York it would have been worth the journey. Every boy’s dad should take him to the museum, every girls mum will enjoy it too. Whilst in York take in the world famous Castle museum for an entertaining half day experience.

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