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National Railway Museum
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #1 of 205 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2013

We visited with 3 adults and a child, although the café is in a good location in the museum we found it very expensive, the quality did not match the prices! plus the coffee was not very good. Disappointing.

Visited October 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“worthy visit”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

A must for train enthusiast however if you have chid mad on trains like me it was brilliant nice and clean and informative enough for the age range and still interesting for those not so into trains.

Visited November 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A great day for all.”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Great place to visit with friends and family. One doesn't need to be a train aficionado to enjoy your visit, just soak in the marvel of engineering, the might and power of the engines and fall in amazement at the power of British Industrialisation. With so much to see and do, you will be emerged in history both British and foreign alike. Marvel at the sleek and beautiful Japanese bullet train, or explore through carriages of yesteryear.

Visited July 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Great for kids of all ages!”
Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

Fab place for an hour or a full day out. Loads to do and see and usually some great themed activities over school holidays to get the kids involved at all levels and ages. Take a picnic for indoors or outside (seating not a problem) and it is a real value day out.

Visited August 2013
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent for children!”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

We took a 2 year old and she loved walking in and out of the trains, the footbridge and doing all of the interactive bits dotted around. They also had a soft play area which opened in the afternoon for children. We ate here too, a large bowl of soup and then cake - delicious and not too expensive either. Recommend to families.

Visited December 2013
Thank Emma H
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