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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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  • Ace! I'm not a train guy, but this was fantastic. History in front of you, and well preserved. I did have a postcard with the Mallardnonnit when I was a wee laddie. The real thing was immense. Go! 
    Ace! I'm not a train guy, but this was fantastic. History in front of you, and well preserved. I did have a postcard with the Mallardnonnit when I was a wee laddie. The real thing was immense. Go!  more »
  • This museum is free, but that would be bad form for such a great museum, drop a donation. With a fantastic number of exhibits covering the history of steam and beyond. Need to allow 2 hrs min all day....  more
    This museum is free, but that would be bad form for such a great museum, drop a donation. With a fantastic number of exhibits covering the history of steam and beyond. Need to allow 2 hrs min all day....  more »
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  • 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.. 🚂👍
  • This is a great museum for railway lovers. The museum has a large range of historic locomotives on display from the Victorian era to the present day. The engines are all beautifully painted and looked after. Older visitors are likely to enjoy the nostalgia of seeing engines from some decades ago. The museum also appeals to younger visitors who enjoy both looking at the trains and playing in the the children's areas both indoors and outdoors. The venue also provides catering and a shop where indulgent grandparents can buy toy engines.

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