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“Family favourite ”

National Railway Museum
Ranked #1 of 214 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Kids love this place “wow they are sooo big “ talking about the trains .
My son had just done about Stevenson rocket at school, so he was amazed that it was there .
So many things to do , with interactive talks, steam train to go on .
4 hrs later , time just flys by here .

Thank nellyio
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"train enthusiasts"
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"love trains"
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"main hall"
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"well worth a visit"
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"on display"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful day lots to see and do good for disabled people could get a wheelchair around, we all love it and will be going back

Thank nightmaredarkangel
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

As my teenage daughters get older it gets harder to entertain them. However we visited the train museum today and they enjoyed it. I visited myself as a child and regardless of your interest there is plenty to see. The staff were running talks, craft things for the younger children. Considering it is free to get in, they haven't spared any expense & we enjoyed it.

Thank Nichola8
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

I probably have my rose tinted specs on when I remember coming here as a kid. It's not as good as I remember it.
Although the museum is free; the car park across the road is a bit pricey.

After about an hour and a half, the novelty of seeing a few old trains up close had worn off and my daughter was getting a little bored.

There's not much to do at all. It is very much a "look, don't touch" kind of place. It really doesn't take very long to have a look around and so to round off the trip there is a gift shop. There are a few items with the prices bumped up a bit but nothing really special.

It could really do with some interactive exhibits. Anything to keep children entertained would be good.

It's worth the trip if you're a train enthusiast or are nearby but it wasn't really worth the two hours (in each direction) along the M62.

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Fantastic day out for our children aged four and two, they loved the science show (thanks Sean - get there 10 mins early though) and storytelling (thanks Ollie), surprising lack of queuing everywhere considering it was a rainy day in the Easter holidays. Dining Car restaurant was fine for a quick meal. Great that entry is free and even with charges for activities (£10 family ticket on the miniature railway, £3 a ticket for the very short steam train ride) it’s also a good value day out. Excellent shop too, fully lived up to its reputation

Thank James T
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