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National Railway Museum
Ranked #1 of 169 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance, we celebrate the past, present and future of innovation on the railways. Dedicated to igniting our visitors’ curiosity about the people, places and engineering marvels behind the railways, we put our passion for amazing stories into everything we do.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 2, 2013

no charge for admission and well worth a visit - very enjoyable for all ages. It made the history of the trains very interesting.

Thank jajeb
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

I loved the whole experience,as a train enthusiast and in particular interested in anything from the Victorian era this was amazing.The trains were all resplendent ,and the red white and blue flags draped over the metal work made me so proud to be English.
I loved the care and effort that went into dressing the scene,with enamel signs,ticket machines and railway memorabilia .I loved the abundance of places to relax and eat and the well stocked gift shops.I would have dearly liked the time to stay longer,and will certainly return one day,on my next trip back from Australia.I almost forgot to mention that entry was free and the little road train to and from York Minster was a snip at under five pounds,

Thank dawnwas
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The museum has lots to see but not enough interactive attractions for children. Good free attraction but Swindon Railway Museum much better for all generations!!

Thank Caroline S
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

On a brief overnight stay in York we chose to walk through the city and call in at the NRM. We had a lovely time wandering around, although we weren't lucky enough to see any steam trains in action we enjoyed the various different exhibits.

What we liked far less was the deliberate policy of leading to you, on entry, to a friendly youngster at a till, although the attraction is free. There's then a challenge of you paying £3 per person donation before you're able to access the museum. We felt that this was unnecessary, awkward and left a sour aftertaste. This could have spoiled our visit, but the quality and range of the museum blew us away. We really pleased that we'd spent the morning there, and found the central café reasonably priced for a cuppa. Lots of photo opportunities but bizarrely we toured the Flying Scotsman exhibition only to find the Scotsman's not there, and none of the far too numerous info boards actually said where the iconic train is. Bizarre.

Great day out, shame they're underfunded. We took the point and left a donation on our way out, but felt we'd happily have gift-aided this but we weren't going back to the cashiers due to our experience on arrival.

1  Thank captaincookYorkshire
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The center is set up like a historic train station of 100 years ago- but it is a station loaded with trains from the whole history of rail!
There are Royal Cars, VIP cars, typical steam engines of all sorts, a historic ticket kiosk, old signage of all descriptions, and lots of well written sign guides to help you understand what you are seeing. The day I went there was a school group doing a tour with an obviously well trained staff member who was giving a very fun interactive tutorial on being an old time station master to the children, and they were having a blast, I was too. There is also a more modern wing of the museum where diesels and record breaking trains ore on view, and it includes a motion simulator for those who want to see what riding one of the older trains was like. Not to be missed is a gallery view from above of the workshop area where trains being prepared for display can be seen, When I visited the number one Incumbent of the Workshop was the famed "Flying Scotsman" Engine, There are also videos in this area and in the modern wing about the history of the British rail industry. Finally don't miss the display of toy trains right near the gift shop, Considering whats there the price of admission is really inexpensive. It is kind of a bargain, and you should allow a couple of hours for a visit.

Thank Matt D
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