National Railway Museum York

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 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 Museums, Social, Arts, Museums

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 92.64% 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

Monday, Thursday and Friday

90.91% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Railway Museum York

People normally club together Cliffords Tower and York City Walls while planning their visit to National Railway Museum York.

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  • Excellent day out and even better that it is free, but I 100% will donate the £5 recommended donation as there is so much to see and do when visiting the museum. The only issue I has would have been the elevator we had to use to get down a set of stairs walk 20 yards and then get one back up, they need updating. But bar that it was a great day out

  • So many trains and history in one attraction. My favourite is the huge Vulcan works Chinese locomotive. There is something for everyone to be excited about, learn out steam locomotives, see the royal carriages, Mallard and you may be lucky to see the Flying Scotsman too. The cafe is great designed to feel like a train carriage. Easy access to the museum from York centre by foot or road. Don't hesitate, it's fabulous and a true asset to York.

  • Great day out with the kids. We went with a 2 and 3 year old who just wanted to ride trains. Great that it's free entry and we had a look at the Japanese bullet train and then miniature model railway set. We then walked through and went on both the train rides which you understandably have to pay for. The kids loved both and we had a small snack break in the restaurant which was enjoyed by all. Loved it and will go back.

  • Fantastic day out! Have a 4.5yr old boy that loves trains, so this was ideal. Myself and hubby also enjoyed looking round. The children's activities that were on were great suited all ages. Only had the children's picnic lunch (pick 5 items) but had a nice choice and well stocked. All of the staff we encountered were really lovely. Would highly recommend

  • Somewhere I've wanted to visit for years. Finally fulfilled that in late 2018. Great value for money if you donate the suggested £5. Lots to see and do. Quieter during school term and weekdays. A must see attraction if you're near York. Parking at time of this review is £10 all day, right opposite the museum entrance.

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