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National Railway Museum
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #1 of 206 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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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Even if you are not a train buff, you will still enjoy this great collection of train engines, carriages and other collectibles...and what a collection. It is huge so you will need around 2 to 3 hours to see and enjoy everything on offer. Yes they have a very large cafe and also a more formal restaurant which was under renovation when I was visiting. It is free entry however they encourage you to buy a book which is excellent value, a great momento of your visit. Also they have their own large parking area across the road. Cost 9 pound however you can stay all day as it is only a short walk to the centre of York so makes it very easy. The 2 main exhibition areas are huge with a brilliant display of trains from the past. Great place for kids as well as older ones like me. They also have a smaller exhibtion although very comprehensive on the Flying Scotsman...sorry it is not really small ...it is a fascinating exhibition of one of the great trains of the world. They also have a 1970's Shinkansen( Japan's bullet train) carriage and engine on display...one day Australia will have it own fast train service, we live in hope. They also have a comprehensive gift shop with lots of options to buy some toy trains as well.
It is a very comprehensive exhibition of everything and I mean everything relating to rail travel..you can even view the carriages past royal members used as their mode of transport .
Absolutely fabulous...dont miss the opportunity.Sorry meant to say the museum really caters extremely well for people with a walking disability and parents with prams...lifts everywhere so you can avoid stairs.
As I indicated earlier leave your car at the car park, then take the short walk under the rail line overpass and then over the bridge to explore the town centre and the Shambles area...all wonderful and an enjoyable experience with plenty of shops, markets and places to enjoy a cuppa and a scone. It is only about 8 to 10 mins away.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!!!

Thank 559JennyB
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