National Railway Museum

Address: Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ, England
Telephone: +44 8448 153 139

- Free


The largest railway museum in the world should appeal to the whole family.

York has a long and illustrious railway tradition; no surprise then that it should be home to this marvellously expansive collection. From ‘Rocket’ to the only Bullet train outside of Japan; from a lock of George Stephenson’s hair to Thomas the Tank Engine, there are more than 100 engines alongside a fantastic range of icons and artefacts to help tell train tales.

As well as sumptuous royal carriages to admire, a huge archive of railway art and publications and public restoration viewings there is an ever changing program of demonstrations and events, including trains in ‘steam.’ For children there’s model trains, a miniature railway and play area. Equally rewarding and rare for York, it’s free to get in.

Value for money

Expert tips

A half hourly ‘Road Train’ carries visitors to the museum on the outskirts of the city centre from outside the Best West Western Dean Court Hotel by York Minster. Adults cost £2.00, children £1.00 for a single ticket (Accepts Yorkshire Pass.)

Depending upon the events and demonstrations taking place on the day, expect to spend at least 3-4 hours for a thorough visit, though many enthusiasts will stay all day.

Behind the railway station, it takes about 15 minutes to walk from York Minster.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture