Escape the day to day and immerse yourself in the home of iconic locomotives, the National Railway Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world. The perfect platform for a great day out, dive into the past, present and future of the railways. Come face to face with world changing inventions like the Rocket which kickstarted the golden era of innovation, the museum offers 3 giant halls packed full of incredible vehicles spanning a century of railway history. Enjoy a picnic, climb aboard the miniature railway and discover the Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive with its record breaking 126mph in 1938, which has not been beaten by another steam train since. Be transported by the story of a train that shaped the future of high-speed travel as you climb aboard a 1960’s Shinkansen, the Japanese bullet train. Uncover a fascinating array of incredible collections and memorabilia, discover working model railways and see how the turntable works. A great place to explore, the National Railway Museum also have an exciting programme of events and exhibitions running throughout the year.
Discover the historic journey of the legendary locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, and learn about its record-breaking history and from the comfort of their beautifully restored train carriage, enjoy a quintessentially British treat and one of York’s finest afternoon tea experiences at the Countess of York. Admire the splendour of royal travel with the world’s finest collection of royal carriages, before digging deeper into the museum’s historic site in the new audio trail “Sound Tracks”. You don’t have to be a railway enthusiast to enjoy a trip to the museum and it is a great day out for the whole family. The National Railway Museum is free to enter and if you are heading into the city after visiting the museum, hop aboard the road train which runs between the museum and York Minster. It leaves the museum every 30 minutes from 11am until 4pm.