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“The Royal Trains”

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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The Royal Trains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

I'm not at all into trains, but because it was the no.1 York attraction, we just had to visit. We loved it, just for the nosey into the royal carriages! As one of the only free things to do in York, well worth a visit, even a quick one like ours!

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

Brilliantly set out with loads of information, interactive stuff and very helpful staff. Small donation of £3 to enter and you get a nice brochure

Visited June 2013
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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“Interesting for Engineers and others!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

First of all, it is amazing that this museum is FREE! What a steal! The National Railway Museum is a very interesting place to visit. I worried that since I didn't know much about the 'science' of the railway, I wouldn't appreciate it as much. Totally untrue. The exhibits are very clearly explained and labeled and there is a lot of 'social history' detailed, for the history buff. Try to get a warehouse tour with Lauren. She was wonderful as an 'explainer' (this is what they call the guides) and she showed our group 6 or 7 very interesting pieces of memorabilia that aren't usually highlighted.
One word of caution, if you don't like little children running everywhere, you may want to go very early or very late (just before closing.) I went around lunch time and every toddler in the area was running wild in the main hall. One child went up to the top of the footbridge and just yelled Mummy! Mummy! Mummy at the top of his lungs until his mother waved. Certainly did not detract from my visit at all, but it is an unusual atmosphere for a museum.

Visited June 2013
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Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland UK
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“York Railway Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

The entry fee was donation only and we gave a sensible sum. The whole experience was fabulous and although I am not a train fanatic, the layout and contents were first class. This museum must not be allowed to close!!!

Visited June 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
“One of the best museums to visit in the UK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

If kids have never seen a steam train then this is the place to take them ! A must visit for anyone in the York area - I would never get bored walking around the place.

Visited April 2013
Thank Matt C
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