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“Brilliant even for non trainies”

National Railway Museum
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 August 26, 2008

a very good place to visit and not just for trains! there is a ferris wheel too which gives great views over the minster and river
there is a huge area of stuff associated with trains - scale models of stations, sites and trains, china, signs and even an old burger package - they do have a sense of humour
But the trains are magnificent!
good tea and scones when you get tired
The only small criticisms are uncontrollable small children screeching and dominating their parents and slightly patronising "explainers" who forget they are talking to adults (we were invited to sit on the floor and asked what made steam)

2  Thank marypa
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Reviewed February 28, 2008

This was our must see on a trip to York. You can visit their web site first and print off the information leaflets, eye spy games for the children, and timetable of talks and special events.

The displays are super and there is a lovely shop. I particularly enjoyed the food - both the snacks and main meal had a home made taste and were excellent quality.

There is no charge to enter the museum. We were there during the "Days out with Thomas" (the tank engine). You would be advised to buy tickets for this event in advance on the web as it is very popular. My children considered themselves too old for Thomas, but to humour their parents threw their "street cred" to the wind and came on a lovely trip aboard Annie.

The York wheel is located on the grounds which is another bonus.

2  Thank FredrickG
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Reviewed June 23, 2007

We thought the national railway museum was great. Loads to do and see, the Mallard is there and is very impressive as well as a model of the flying scotsman and tons more, very impressive. We parked in the adjacent car park which takes coins and costs £7 for all day I would get there early as it is a very popular car park. Just outside to is the yorkshire wheel that was £6 we didn't go on as the weather wasn't that good. There is a cafe inside the museum with all kinds of drinks and snacks. My Husband went on the simulator inside that cost £3 i didn't brave it looked a bit hairy when he came off he did feel a bit sick but he enjoyed it. Overall a great day out. When we are in York again we will have a go on the wheel :0)

4  Thank maguirepaul
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Reviewed March 23, 2007

Not really into trains more fast cars but we took the family for the afternoon. Best thing is it is free. We parked in their carpark for £7 still a good deal. Paid an extra £20 for the Yorkshire wheel and enjoyed it - even in the wind. The museum is very big now and has a lot of trains and locos. I liked the fact that they are from all over the world and every decade. There were some trains running outside and the highlight was probaly meeting a current train driver learning and looking around his cab - the train regulary runs through our nearest town. The restaurant is pretty good and it was a fun way to spend four hours plus.

6  Thank NewYork96
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Reviewed February 27, 2007

I went following reviews on this site and was disapointed.
It is free to get in, but it's £8-ish p/p for the york-eye, they had a 'meet thomas' when we were there at £10 per adult (kids extra), and you had to walk through the large shop to get in & out, there's also a tiny 'road train' that takes you back to the minster at £3-ish p/p) it seemed they were trying to squeeze every penny out visitors. Even if you only want to see the free bits you have to que at the desk to register your entry and they try and sell you everything else then too.
The museum its self was ok, you could see inside very very few trains and go inside only 1 (a bullet train from japan that looked very similar to our current trains) which was really disapointing, looking from the ground outside is only fun for so long - there were kids climbing all over some trains to see inside despite no climbing tags.
If anyone's been to the transport museum in glasgow it's not as good.
Worth a trip if it's raining or your into this, but be warned if you take kids, it unlikly to end up being free!

4  Thank littlejaffa
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