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National Railway Museum

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Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England
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+44 844 815 3139
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award...

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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National Railway Museum, Locomotive Heaven.

I have always wanted to go to this Museum, it is really breathtaking, Steam Locomotives of all types, from Express's to Shunter's they have them all, the "Mallard" the Fastest... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 June 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

I have always wanted to go to this Museum, it is really breathtaking, Steam Locomotives of all types, from Express's to Shunter's they have them all, the "Mallard" the Fastest Steam Locomotive in then World 126 Mph, there were Warehouses with rail artifacts, a workshop where they are overhauling " Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive" that I saw as a boy,... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Nice museum if you like trains. Free, they just encourage a donation . Worth a stop on your trip to york

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Windlesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

We last visited this attraction way back in about 1989. There have been many changes and additions since then, including a Bullet train, the only on outside Japan. It a great attraction with plenty for every taste. There is enough to last all day for the enthusiast and half a day for everyone else!

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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

This is a great day out even if you are not a train enthusiast, the power and history of the train is so interesting, the team that work there are knowledgeable and pleased to share any information they have

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Visited the museum a few times last time flying Scotsman was there not this time it has a lot of old trains and newer ones to see some trains you can walk onto don't charge a entrance fee but do suggest a minimum donation of £5.00 for adults has toilets and eating places don't know what there like as didn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

An excellent place and you could do with more than a day. The kids love it, being able to walk so close to the locomotives and even to be able to walk under one!!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

We have visited this museum on a number of occasions and I am sure we will be back again soon. The trains are truly amazing and well worth a visit. The car park cost around £5.00 but I don't mind paying it is good value.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

We decided to check out the museum as most of it is indoors and it was free. It was too bad the Flying Scotsman wasn't in (it apparently travels around, check if that's of high interest to you), but we ended up spending several hours there and our kids had a blast checking out the other trains especially the ones... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Even though neither of us are interested in trains or railway history, I was pleasantly surprised to really enjoy my visit to the national railway museum. Even if we did get lost trying to find it! The museum was lovely and we'll set out. There was lots to look at and we came away learning some history! A great day... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

I'm sure this museum would rate very highly amongst train enthusiasts. Unfortunately I am not an enthusiast so a lot of the importance of the exhibits was lost on me. There was not a lot of information telling me what I was looking at. The Royal carriages were nice to look at and the dining cart restaurant was lovely.

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