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The National Railway Museum (NRM) is a museum in York forming part of the British Science Museum Group of National Museums and telling the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. It has won many awards, including the European Museum of the Year Award in 2001. It is the home of the national collection of historically significant railway vehicles, as well as a collection of other artefacts and both written and pictorial records.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
For train lovers this is heaven but even if you are not a train buff you will find this museum interesting and a great insite into an element of social history. There are two main halls that house the old trains (even a Japanese Bullet Train) with another full of items related such as signs, benches, machines even a collection of Transport Police helmets. There is ample parking but is next to main Railway station and the site boasts a number of cafes, toilets and seating. All this for free its a great visit. Why not take the Road Train back onto the heart of York!
This place was very much enjoyed and the knowledge gained from the guide concerning the Royal carriages tour and other placards was informative. It was free, but a suggested donation is asked for and worth it. Easy access for those requiring such is available and there was a 'train' available to take passengers into town for a payment. This is suitable for all ages: children were noticed being inquisitive as to this form of transport and its history while older people were often seen standing reminiscing over perhaps past experiences with some of the trains to be seen! Polite and helpful staff and a well stocked shop add to the value of the visit. It is accessible from the main train station and town.
Fantastic collection here. Especially loved seeing the duchess of Hamilton and the mallard. The bullet train was super interesting too... Excellent few hours browsing this museum. Felt a bit pressured at the entrance to donate though... I'd rather they not pressure and just charge £5 or something! Very good gift shop! Got some nice bits in there.
Went a long way to visit this museum. Wasted trip. The main exhibition halls were closed for some reason. We were told we could come back in a couple of hours. Saw a few trains, but not enough to occupy us for a couple of hours even though we stopped in the buffet area for quite a while. Not what we've were expecting. We gave up and left. Very disappointing.
I had no idea I was going to enjoy this as much as my wife and I did. Its a vast collection in a very large area, with a timetable of events presented to you at the door. I took my time to savour the exhibits and it's detail and history. I have been captivated and will be back in the future to savour more. Entry is free but there are donation boxes that recommended a £5 minimum. You will donate as we did probably more than that as we were so impressed with the museum and its enthusiastic staff.
Great museum for rail enthusiasts, young teenagers and children - but still interesting for all those who don't fall into the foregoing categories. Free entry. Rare and well preserved exhibits with extensive signage and information boards. Voluntary guides abound. Many free talks (but I still can't get my head around how a steam engine works - I got lost at saturated steam and super-heated steam). Wheelchair friendly throughout.
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 mus it is a must whether you are a steam train enthusiast or not. I may add I am not a steam train enthusiast but saying that both me an my daughter found this a great place to visit.
A fantastic site for everyone but more so for any younger enthusiasts as they get to touch and stand on some of the most famous steam engines types of our history. With a wide range of trains and interactive exhibits that details their uses through the years. A museum displaying a huge array of items and trinkets relating to the world of trains as well as a walkway over the restoration workshops where you get to see engineers working. There is also a balcony area on the back of the site that overlooks live train tracks so even train spotters can enjoy the visit. Two cafeterias with one set in the main hall with all the engines and also one in the carriage hall giving a great atmosphere to sit in. The souvenir shop has a wide range of bits to suit all ages and is well priced. Staff were helpful and pleasant and the show of the indoor turntable was interesting.
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.
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.
A fantastic day out. Whether you're interested in trains or not. The history of what's here, and the feats if engineering that went into creating these trains is enough to fascinate anyone. Well laid out, with talks and demonstrations throughout the day to gain a deeper insight into what makes them run and how they were made etc. Entrance is free, which is amazing considering the content. A £5 donation is suggested. But unlike a lot of places there isn't a person trying to guilt you into giving it. That usually results in a bigger donation in my case. Anyway. The cafes there aren't the cheapest, but what they provide is good quality. The one inside the station shed is laid out in part like a buffet car on a train, which is nice. The walk from York center takes about 10 minutes, and is very enjoyable. From the train station about 5 minutes. One tip. All day parking is £10 At the museum. Which is cheaper than pretty much anywhere in York for the whole day. But if you don't mind walking, opt for one of the park and ride. They run till almost 10 in the evening and cost as little as £5 for 2.
Really good museum (you don't have to be super into trains, I'm not!) for families, especially if you go out and have a little steam train ride. The cafes are good, and there's a lot to see. Make sure you go all The way through to the royal carriages. The afternoon tea is award winning, book ahead. The car park is £10 for the day, but if you get afternoon tea it's free...
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.
Great free attraction very interesting and informative. It would have been better if you could get inside some of the exhibits. Yes you could get aboard the bullet train but you couldn't access the cab you couldn't even look in through a window. Overall a great day out but could have been better. Perhaps paid for guided tours would be possible.
Great museum. Fantastic museum to visit no matter who you are even if you don't like trains. Staff friendly and lots to see you will easily be there for at least 1-2 hours. Would be great to see this place keep expanding maybe add in more themed areas and also allow people to go in more trains. It would be great to see something at this museum similar to what is at the transport museum in Hull.
Very interesting. The trains were magnificent and you can get in most of them. Cafeteria was great hot meals, sandwiches and drinks were tasty. Fun for all kids and adults. I loved the Queens train it was amazing to look through the windows and yeah you could not go into that train, makes sense right? Anyways the gift shop was fun and traintastic. It was fun.
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.
It's a really fantastic museum for your family or if you are a train enthusiast. Just so much to see and do. There is a great model railway and a young kids play area. A train ride outside in the grounds A lovely coffee shop, with train tables and seating in one part of the museum. There it another coffee shop in the other half of the museum, with a lot of seating, that copes with the half term madness. They have other things for children to get involved in, during half term break. The staff a very pleasant and helpful. You can catch a train ride in to the town centre. There is parking nearby, or a short walk from York train station. Free entry, donate on entry is optional. Our young boys have a great time. Highly recommended!
Very interesting visit. Attended two talks, one about the Japanese Bullet Train, one about how I steam engine works. The man giving the Bullet Train talk was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. An excellent 15 minutes or so. The exhibits were well presented with some interesting write-ups. Well worth the donation suggested as entry is free.
Fantastic. You can spend a day here and still find something new if you back the next if you're really looking for every bit of information. IF you're just interested in trains a bit, or maybe thinking that you'll take a child to see them, then you can still easily pass 3-4 hours looking at history of the railways, and the steam engines on show, and going into the drivers compartments on some of the classic trains of yesteryear. Food and drink are available, but prices are as inflated as you'd expect in this environment. So you may want to take a packed lunch, but if you do purchase from the cafes available, you'll not be disappointed as quality is pretty good. The gift shop inside provides a good selection of items to remember your day. Again, some things are priced highly as expected, but you can find some truly interesting things here for a good price, and we've never left without something to add to our sons train memorabilia collection
This is a lovely museum even if you are not keen on trains. It's free admission and very well run. Personally I'm not too interested in trains but there is enough to see on a visit for those who are not enthusiasts. The royal trains are fascinating especially if you listen to one of the free tours. I enjoyed the ambulance trains exhibition and the space shuttle one was there last time I went. There is a nice restaurant near the royal trains, very popular and fun to sit amongst it all. If you are a train buff you would return time and again!
Fun day out. Lots to look at and ride on. Our 3 yr old loved it. Good science presentation for the youngsters, but lost a star for repeatedly telling the kids present that gravity was caused by the 50 miles of air above them (that'd be air pressure). If your kids like trains then this is a great place to take them. Signalling demo in the archives area was amazing...