National Railway Museum
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 record-breaking Mallard, majestic Duchess of Hamilton, the iconic Japanese Bullet Train, a stunning collection of Royal Trains and the towering Chinese locomotive.
With daily demonstrations, a special event programme and FREE museum admission, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Museum, Transport heritage site
Summer opening: 10am - 6pm
Winter opening: 10am - 5pm
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.
Interactive Learning Centre
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Steam Train Rides, Play Train, Theatre Performances - please check on availability before visiting.
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.
- 7 July 2016 — 31 December 2017 *on now
Our Ambulance Trains exhibition tells the forgotten story of the trains used to evacuate sick and injured troops on an unprecedented scale during the First World War. Step on board a railway carriage to discover the experiences of the passengers, and the medical staff who cared for them under extraordinary circumstances.
Explore a rich treasure trove of photographs, technical drawings and diaries to uncover the moving stories of some of the millions who travelled on board, as well as the railway staff who built the trains at incredible speed.
- Any age
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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