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National Railway Museum
Ranked #1 of 218 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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Reviewed 7 July 2014

This is a great way to while away a couple of hours and it's free, though they do ask for a minimum donation of £3 on entry. It's well worth £3 and more so I hope most people pay for the privilege of going into this great museum. There were lots of foreign visitors on the Saturday we visited and lots of kids as well as people of all ages so the appeal is great. I feel I must mention the dining car... we arrived early and hoped to get breakfast before looking around but when we got to the hot food counter we saw that the bacon looked anaemic and the sausages under cooked which really put us off. I asked at the next counter could they warn the croissants and was told no as they had no equipment on this counter. So I ended up with just a coffee and the other half had a biscuit, not the nice hot breakfast we were expecting. However we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will eat before if we ever go again. Must just mention the library section which has lots of stuff for adults and children to browse, you can search online and there is a quiet area for learning, also lockers to save you carrying all your stuff around while you're looking at the exhibits.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Wished we had been there before.

A great day our lover by us and our 3 and 7 year old.

We will be back for more trains.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

A great day out for all ages and its free something to do even if its raining lots of history here very well kept and its a great educational day out for all the family

1  Thank redstaff1
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

It was a great place to visit and not expensive they ask for six pound donation and they give you a free guide book interesting place to visit

1  Thank Tracey S
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Beautiful restored trains. What a joy to see them all. Easy to find location as signposted well in the city. Short walk from Railway Station. Admission was free but welcomed donations.

1  Thank yellowsaffron
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