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National Railway Museum, York

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At National Railway Museum, learn about the history of trains and their effect on British society. This engaging museum, which won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2001, houses 100 locomotives and almost 200 items of rolling stock that either ran on British rails or that British manufacturers produced. Wander through the massive halls and board all types of trains, from the opulent Royal Train to a futuristic Japanese bullet train. Observe engineers working at their craft in the workshop and take a ride on the miniature railway outside. Guides are available to give children a fun education on Britain's rail history. Plan to visit National Railway Museum during your York vacation using our convenient York trip planner.
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  • Had time to kill before our train departure and found the museum to be both interesting and a marvellous example of the social history of transport. 
    Had time to kill before our train departure and found the museum to be both interesting and a marvellous example of the social history of transport.  more »
  • Very disabled friendly, and a fun day or half day, too much to see, free parking for disabled, free entry for everyone but donations appreciated I'm sure, big wide open spaces, been twice now in... 
    Very disabled friendly, and a fun day or half day, too much to see, free parking for disabled, free entry for everyone but donations appreciated I'm sure, big wide open spaces, been twice now in...  more »
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  • Overall a good museum, plenty to see here if you've an interest in trains or just need ti keep the family entertained for a couple of hours. In June 22, it was still advisable to book online so as to regulate how crowded it gets. Whilst you can get free tickets on the website, it seems to ask for a donation ticket price of £5/adult. It is a big space and split into three main halls. One an old station layout with a cafe & plenty of seating. Interesting to see the old royal carriages and some eclectic rolling stock. In another hall (short walk), there are a range of nationally important & impressive engines including a Bullet train, The Evening Star and Mallard. There is also a steam engine here with massive sections cut away & painted so you can see how it works. Sadly there is no real meaningful explanation. Indeed explanation sheets/boards are minimal throughout the museum, which kind of lets down the whole experience somewhat. A 3rd hall has a really impressive load of old junk (memorabilia) all catalogued and stacked onto shelves. Again this could have more explanation of what has been collected/displayed. This is after all a National railway museum.
  • Absolutely brilliant museum the trains are magnificent ..the Mallard is my grandson and my favourite.! The historic Royal carriages are beautiful and sitting along platforms with vintage furniture, fittings and luggage gives an atmospheric taste of bygone days.. there are two super cafes and an outdoor picnic area too.. plus a lovely souvenir shop.. there's a model railway display with various trains working at intervals and for the little ones there is a soft play area ..all in all a fabulous day out.. 🚂👍

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