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“brain busting collection”

National Railway Museum
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$53.81*
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #1 of 209 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 September 29, 2011

Expect to stay several hours. They have the biggest train set in the world. the collection of bits is a real blast from the past. Take a packed lunch. The restuarant in the carriage hall looks good, but the cafe in the large hall is pricey. I found it hard to get my brain around the vastness of this collection.

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

arrived just before they opened parked on there car park about £7 all day
so much to see and do ,kids loved it adults loved it
the old station area has some nice pieces but the main hall for me was just full of trains you read all about in books but here you could go on the foot plate

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

The National Railway museum houses a large collection of trains from the past up to the present day along with informative displays on the making and running of the railways. There is plenty here to keep you reading and learning for quite some time and many places to explore railway history. There is also at least one train that you are able to go up to the engine room and see what it is like in there. The museum is a perfect place to go on a rainy day and best of all admission is free.
Inside there is a restaurant and places where you can sit and eat along with a cafe. There are also two well stocked gift shops to buy a memento of your visit. The staff were very welcoming and approachable.
I would say the museum takes a couple of hours to walk around, perhaps more if you stop to look at everything and I would advise taking a camera so that you can capture the trains on show.

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

This is a fascinating day out, - for a complete non train geek , I found the whole place extremely interesting, there is so much to see & do, they have ouside space where the steam trains are running, the staff are helpful & knowlegeable & clearly love their work.
The royal carriages are just beautiful - and its all free!

1  Thank DenPau001
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

If you love trains and railways, especially those of the past, you will have no difficulty spending a whole day here. Most of the exhibits are from the days of steam with dozens of locomotives including Mallard and Duchess of Hamilton, two streamliners from the thirties. Every era and every aspect of railways can be studied with lots of interactive displays, models of all sorts and lots of railway memorabilia - and what's more its free!
Excellent catering in the Brief Encounter cafe will keep you going.
If you are visiting York, don't miss this.

1  Thank NeilPBirminghamUK
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