National Railway Museum, York

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National Railway Museum, York - Address, Phone Number

Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England

Phone: +44-084481531

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

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

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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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  • Riverside Walk
  • The Rose Room
  • Burger King
  • York Tap

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  • Great family outing even if you don’t care much for trains (which I don’t). Several live demonstrations and shows, plus several hands-on things for the young uns (although that may be because it was outside term time). Well worth reading the plaques, including the stories of ambulance trains during WW1 (something I didn’t know about). Saw several royal carriages from the last 150 years, fascinating. Interesting shop too. Easily spent a couple of hours there; a train fan would spend twice that.

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  • Wow. Absolutely great place to visit, Anyone who wants to know the train heritage of Britain then this is the place to come. From steam, diesel and electric trains this museum has it all. If you get a chance try to catch one of the many chats that are provided. The one we caught was presented by a chap called Jimmy and it was fantastic. Only loses the 1 star due to not being able to see more of the trains workings on the drivers plate. Surely those steam engines are robust enough to take a load of visitors.

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  • Excellent place to visit, fascinating as well as very factual. All is laid out in a straightforward enough manner to enable you to negotiate your way round all the exhibits from the historic trains themselves on show, to the model railways. Also a good demonstration of the turntable in operation takes place on a couple or so occasions throughout the day. Also there are excellent refreshments on hand after studying all that's here, plus gift shops and a good gift stall. Highly recommended. Entrance is free but a donation (£5,or thereabouts) can be made at one's discretion!

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  • We visited it during half term and were really impressed with all of the extra activities that were taking place, especially for the children. If you like trains or engineering then you will be interested in visiting here. Also don't forget to check out the exhibits around the walls and the warehouse section. These may be smaller than the locos but are equally if not more interesting. There is a miniature railway outside as well as steam rides (full size) during some holidays. Well worth a visit and checking out the different activities such as the turntable talk at 10:30 that can really add to your day.

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  • Great variety and amount of trains to see, including the famous Mallard and Flying Scotsman, lots going on two eating areas including seating in tables like carriages. It's pay a donation and pay for parking, but worth it, with an area for your children to play in after viewing the trains, which is cleverly located next to the toilets and exit. Prepare for meltdown when you tell your children you're leaving though, you have been warned.

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