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National Railway Museum


The famous National Railway Museum in York is home to The Mallard, The Flying Scotsman and over a million rail-based objects spanning 300 years of history.


Discover over 1,000,000 railway objects spanning over 300 years of history

See our magnificent and iconic trains including Mallard 75, Flying Scotsman and Japanese Shinkensen and replica of the historic Stephenson's Rocket

Road Train (from the National Railway Museum to scenic York Minster)

Station Hall – learn how ‘the other half’ travelled. Visit Queen Victoria’s favourite saloon

Punch & Judy Show

Steam Fair

Railway Themed Adventure Playground

Family Trails, interactive story-telling and hands-on-activities


Restaurant & Cafe facilities offering a full range of refreshments

Park & Ride from Rawcliffe Bar, picks up and drops off just outside the Museum

All day parking (£9 per day)

Disabled Access - the Museum is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs and free parking are available and support dogs are welcome

Free entry (although small charges may be applicable for our special events)

Known to be the world's greatest Railway Museum, the National Railway Museum in York has everything for a fantastic family day out, showcasing a collection of well over 1,000,000 railway connected objects and spanning over 300 years of railway history.

Lots of fantastic trains are on view including the star icon and legendary Flying Scotsman (back at the Railway Museum for completing restoration work to  ensure its fitness to return to mainline operation). The famous Class Locomotive: Mallard 75 (for which Prince Charles is Patron of its events and activities) is world-wide known for setting a new steam locomotive world speed record back in 1938. The National Railway Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year of Mallard’s world speed record. See the futuristic and incredible Bullet Train, the Japanese Shinkansen (the only one of its kind outside Japan).

The kids can "let off plenty of steam" in our fabulous outdoor, railway themed playground. We have a daily 'Punch & Judy' for you younger visitors and plenty of steam rides, family trails, hands-on activities and interactive story-telling too.

Why not take the Road Train which travels from just outside the Museum and heads over to York Minster and enjoy the sights of this wonderful historic City en route?

FREE ENTRY - although small charges may apply for some of our Special Events

Open daily 10am - 6pm

School holidays: extended opening

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day


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