National Railway Museum York

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

National Railway Museum York - Review

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 Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England, YO26 4XJ, United Kingdom
  • National Railway Museum York Contact Number: +44-084481531
  • National Railway Museum York Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • National Railway Museum York Price: Free
  • Best time to visit National Railway Museum York(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Railway Museum York: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 93.34% of people who visit York include National Railway Museum York in their plan

  • 80.18% of people start their National Railway Museum York visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see National Railway Museum York

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  • This museum is surprisingly big and packed full of trains. There's a large mix of old and new locomotives, carriages and heritage! As well as these, there is a lot of historical posters, a lovely cafe and shop. Walk along platforms and go back in time or see some of the more modern side of railway travel.The museum will keep adults and children occupied for hours with lots of information and activities to do! It's also a perfect venue for events! We will definitely be back again!

  • Great place free to enter but they do ask for a contribution. What you can give supports this wonderful museum. The Mallard is there, this beautiful machine set the world record for a steam train at 126mph in the 1920,s and this record still stands today. There are so many things to see at this museum it is a must whether you are a steam train enthusiast or not. This is a really a good place to visit so if you can go and take a look. If you have children they will love this museum take them there if you can.

  • 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.

  • Fantastic national collection. This museum is very well laid out over a wide area with lots of places for little ones to run about. There are lots of public picnic tables both inside and out. Lots of things kids can climb on and touch. The museum has an indoor and outdoor kids play area. There is a little land train that will take you into the heart of the City (stops outside the Minster) that can be boarded from the area next to the gift shop. There are a couple of dining options. Lots of photo opportunities and staff on hand on are obviously very enthusiastic about the museum so will answer your questions. Make sure you pick up a what's on today guide as you enter so you don't miss out on any pop up exhibits or talks. Entry is free however they do have a suggested donation as you go in. Give yourself around 2-3 hours minimum however if you are a fan of the railways you could comfortably spend all day here.

  • Really nice place to visit - you don't need to be a train enthusiast to enjoy it. Huge displays of old and new trains, some of which you can walk inside. Two cafés (both baby and toddler friendly), a little model railway and a large museum collection of models and parts. Small play zone for toddlers and amazing toilets with an extra large cubicle that you and the pushchair can fit in - if only more venues were this thoughtful towards parents' needs! Entry is free but donation encouraged. Only downside was £10 for the car park. There's also a little road train to take you in to York for a few pounds per person; great fun.

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