National Railway Museum

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For a fantastic free day out in York visit the award winning National Railway Museum.
Explore our three giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, the iconic Japanese Bullet Train a stunning collection of Royal Trains and the towering Chinese locomotive.

With daily demonstrations, loads of interactive exhibits, a special event programme and FREE museum admission, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily, 1000–1800.

Admission charges

Free admission for everyone, except for certain special events and rides, when the Museum reserves the right to charge. Please contact the Museum for details before you visit.

Additional info

As well as daily events, the museum also runs a programme of special events throughout the year, which can be accessed on our website:

With true railway legends such as Shinkansen, the sleek 'Bullet Train' and 'Mallard' the fastest ever steam locomotive, plus a replica of Stephenson's Rocket, this is your chance to see the really big names in trains. And now they have been joined by perhaps the most famous of them all, the legendary Flying Scotsman.

Royal carriages
Interactive Learning Centre
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Steam Train Rides, Play Train, Theatre Performances - please check on availability before visiting.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Flying Scotsman Story
  • When the Great Northern Railway launched its Flying Scotsman service in 1862 it would have had little idea that it was launching a legend. Over 140 years later Flying Scotsman is still racing between London and Edinburgh, whilst the locomotive named after this famous train has won the hearts fot he nation. Savour the atmosphere, meet the people and see the objects that make up the Flying Scotsman Story. Please note Flying Scotsman is currently undergoing a statutory overhaul in the Workshop. To check its whereabouts please call 0870421 4472.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Discover more at the NRM.


  • 4 September — 1 November 2015 *on now

See the annual exhibition by the Guild of Railway Artists showcasing new works exploring the life of the railways past and present. The society formed in the 1970s and original members included renowned artists Terence Cuneo and David Shepherd. All artworks are available to buy.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Destination Stations

Destination Stations

  • 23 October 2015 — 28 February 2016

Explore the past, present and future of some of the most iconic railway stations including Kings Cross, Blackfriars, Reading and Waterloo.

Broken into four key periods, the gallery will look chronologically at the beginnings of the stations, through the period of widespread construction and monument making in the Victorian era. It will explore the changes in design and function that occurred in stations during the 20th century before looking at modern designs and rebuilds as well as some of the plans for the future.

The gallery will make extensive use of our collections, particularly our images, and this will be strengthened by pieces from key lenders such as Network Rail. It will use an architecturally influenced design to display this material and the social stories which arose from stations and their creation.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Illuminate York comes to the NRM.

Illuminate York Lighting Festival

  • 28 — 31 October 2015

See our locomotives as you’ve never seen them before with spectacular lighting as part of York’s annual Illuminate Festival.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Dick Whittington (played by Berwick Kaler) poses at the door of a train carriage.

Dick Whittington (and his Meerkat) Pantomime

  • 10 December 2015 — 24 January 2016

Whilst York Theatre Royal undergoes a major redevelopment, Dick Whittington and His Meerkat will take place this Christmas in The Signal Box Theatre at our museum.

Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and David Leonard can’t wait to join Berwick Kaler and the panto family once again to perform as part of this unique experience. As always, expect fabulous costumes, stunning sets, toe-tapping music, breath-taking transformations and magic spectacle.

Book your tickets at

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Flying Scotsman returns to the NRM.

Flying Scotsman season

  • 1 February — 1 July 2016

A season of events and activities celebrating the fame and celebrity of locomotive legend Flying Scotsman, to mark its anticipated return to the tracks. Highlights will include an exhibition exploring the highs and lows of the steam icon’s rollercoaster career, a compelling new theatre production in collaboration with York Theatre Royal and a Flying Scotsman experience allowing first-hand access to the most famous train in the world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Building Bridges Activity Session

Students will play the part of bridge supports and experience first-hand the impact of forces as they build a range of bridge structures.

How to obtain

Contact the Learning Administrator on 01904 686230 or email to book a 45 minute session.
We also have a pre-bookable Study Coach and Education “Lunch” Coach. You can also take advantage of our outdoor play and picnic areas, miniature railway and free coach parking (pre-booking required).

Moving Stories - Workshops and Performance

Ideas for using drama with students to understand the importance of the railways and their impact on peoples' freedom to travel more easily in the 1920s and 30s. Includes video clips of the duke of York's visit to York in 1920 and the launching of the steamer the Marchioness of Graham in 1936.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
North Yorkshire
YO26 4XJ




08448 153139

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