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National Railway Museum

Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England
+44 844 815 3139
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For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York's only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in the Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in the Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area. The children can let off steam in our outdoor play area, and our miniature railway ride is perfect for the whole family. Every weekend and throughout the school holidays, the kids can enjoy a lively programme of events, including science shows, story telling, steam rides, craft activities and special events. Please note that calls to our listed phone number (0844...) cost 4.25p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.
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Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England
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+44 844 815 3139
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Reviewed today via mobile

My intention was to look round and see what was there however, I did not realise how large the space was and all the attractions and things to do and see having 2 massive areas filled with train parts. There was a turn table demonstration...More

Thank James Y
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Reviewed today

As a train buff it was ideal for me. We found the staff very friendly and helpful, enjoyed the free talks. Would recommend it to anyone that has even a vague intrest in the railways and the part they play in our lives. It is...More

Thank MedwayMale
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Reviewed yesterday

Great to see all the old style trains and you can go inside a few of them, seeing the old carriages and looking in through the windows, if you go upstairs you can go out on the balcony and see the modern day trains going...More

Thank Victor W
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Reviewed yesterday

A totally fantastic experience, so much history to learn about. Seeing the “Sir Nigel Gresley” in pieces being lovingly restored was so moving, my husband who works for “The East Somerset Railway” Cranmore Railway Station, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet Somerset will shortly be starting work on...More

Thank maria k
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a couple of hours to kill so went to the railway museum. We aren't particularly interested in trains as such but you can't help but admire the beautiful engines on show. You can't really appreciate them until you get close up like you...More

Thank nuthatch66
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

York is home to the U.K.’s National Railway Museum. This is a huge place, with four sheds containing dozens of real train cars and locomotives, from ancient steamers to modern bullet trains. The trains’ stories and explanations are very well presented. There’s even a fascinating...More

Thank The_Examined_Life
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Reviewed yesterday

Sit in the Japanese bullet train (designed by the British, not the Japs), peek inside various Royal trains, and inspect close up original engines and train vehicles of the early industrial age, as invented in Britain. Steam engines are brilliant, from the early days of...More

Thank kaldort
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First visit to the NRM in nearly 40 years - The scale of the place is smaller than I recall and the exhibits and explanations seemed to have been dumbed down to the essentials. Also many exhibits without explanation and the staff on site also...More

Thank ian l
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Free trip to NRM was unbelievable- many an engineer would have been born from a visit here. The size detail and logical layout is a credit to all involved.

Thank Evvy B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plenty to see and only requires a donation unlike most tourist attractions found in cities. Some of parts of the museum were closed off to public access which was disappointing, however there was still plenty to see, such as trains, wagons, platforms. The cafe is...More

Thank Shonaghmur
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Vic M
May 5, 2018|
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Response from Richard T | Reviewed this property |
As below. But you could go up to Pickering and the North Yorkshire Railway.
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sonya r
March 6, 2018|
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Response from JustWol | Reviewed this property |
I would say it was great for young children. it's a hands on attraction which can be enjoyed on any level
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Karl G
February 1, 2018|
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Response from Liz C | Reviewed this property |
I would go first thing in the morning before it gets busy
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