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National Railway Museum
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #1 of 200 things to do in York
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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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“" all this and it's free"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

what can i say, trains, trains and more trains.
i have been a few times and only really came again to see the streamlined duchess (OK i know its a princess but everybody calls them duchesses). the bit i really love is the warehouse where thy keep all the bits and pieces (if only other museums did this) I love looking at all the models, pictures and odds and ends that normally just gather dust in some storage area.
i agree it's not the best place for pictures but who cares, it's full of trains.

Visited May 2014
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“NRM Hog Heaven.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

I'm a trainspotter. 4468. Job done. What more do you need to know. 4472 at Shildon, I'm not happy about, she should be at York. York NRM is fantastic and does not charge for entry. A donation is expected though.

Visited May 2014
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“Excellent museum for enthusiasts and laymen alike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

I will confess having been completely unaware of this museum until going along with a group of students as part of a history/engineering course on the industrial revolution. With that said this was an exceptional little museum, even if you aren't immediately aware of the history of trains.

The museum is set out in a number of different sections giving you the space to enjoy a number of different train cars and engines while not feeling hemmed in. The only real problem is that it is easy to miss certain areas and I myself missed at least two entire sections of the museum while we were there for the afternoon. Broadly, the museum is separated into two large viewing areas. The first (Station Hall) is set-up as if it was a turn of the century train station with images of the kings and queens of England, banners, and a number of passenger cars to look through. They even have some of the special trains established for royalty, think air force one, which also were interesting to look through. Be aware that you cannot walk through a number of the cars - you can only look through the windows - but it was interesting to see the assortment of designs and changes over time to passenger rail service. There also were any number of interesting specialized cars including one devoted to sorting/sending mail, and food cars that had slits in the front and back to keep the food cool via air-flow as the train traveled.

The other main area (Great Hall) was filled with any number of engines and passenger cars from the very beginnings of railway travel to high-speed Japanese rail transports. You could easily spend hours in this area of the museum wandering around to see the varying engines and changes in railway travel during its history. Some of the highlights: there is a fully made up recreation of George Stephenson's "Rocket" (the first steam engine, and forerunner of the railways), and a steam engine cut "in half" to allow you to see how a railway engine works. In regards to the latter I *highly* recommend stopping in for one of the set-talks in which the docent explains how railway engines work. They did a fabulous job taking our group through it and is a very helpful talk if you are unfamiliar with the terminology or technology. I am firmly convinced my faculty colleague, in the department of engineering, spent most of the day trying to figure out how to get said "cut-away" railway back to our campus. By far the best feature, however, was that the museum was free and they only asked for donations.

One last point to note is that after we left we saw there is a small train engine outside the entrance that evidently travels between the York Minster and the Museum daily. If you are planning a visit to both locations it might be neat to look into this as you could ride a train from one location.

Visited May 2014
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“National train museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

FREE of charge, they only ask for a token donation, but not compulsory. Thr trains are restored to a fantastic condition, and makes you hold your breath in amazment at the size of these engines

Visited June 2014
Thank ian n
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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Grand scale and great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

It really does not matter if you are interested in trains & railways, you are sure to be impressed by the huge collection in evidence at the National Railway Museum. I was especially impressed by the multitude of activities on offer for children and the genuinely helpful attitude of the staff. Considering you are asked for a voluntary contribution of only £3, this has to be the best value you could ask for. We spent three hours and could have stayed longer.

Visited May 2014
Thank Peter W
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