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“Like stepping back in time”

National Railway Museum
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #1 of 204 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.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Like stepping back in time”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We absolutely loved this, looking at trains back in time and from our youth! A must for any rail enthusiast. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to go back. Will bring the grandchildren next time.

Visited April 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Make tracks to this attraction ”
Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

The railway museum has something for everyone. Great exhibits and lots of space. The grandchildren loved the ride on the miniature train. Overall a must do and the best part is it's free.

Thank chrisso_moore
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58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Steam nostalgia”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

If you are still fascinated by the age of steam then this is a place you just must visit. Easy to find and can be combined with further enthralling sites to see in York

Visited June 2013
Thank smileyric
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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Sadly Disappointing”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The really good things about this museum - it's free, it's big and it's family friendly. The disappointing things were the lack of a 'theme layout' for adults - eg the Rocket replica is next to diesel locomotives rather than any sense of history of railways - the focus on the north east (in a national museum), and the poor service and appearance in the cafes (no paper napkins at all, filthy floors in the 'dining car').

Visited May 2014
Thank Karen V
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Hurstpierpoint, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great Day Out”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

A very well laid out and informative museum with wonderful exhibites. The royal carriages were particularly good - and Mallard, what can you say!!

Visited April 2014
Thank Barry S
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