National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
North Yorkshire
YO26 4XJ




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08448 153 139

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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, Gallery, Archive

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00-18.00

Closed 24-26 December

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

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.
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.
Art Gallery at the National Railway Museum

Open for Business

  • 16 May — 7 September 2014 *on now

‘Open for Business’ is a major touring photographic exhibition which reveals the untold story of British manufacturing and industry through the lens of some of the world’s greatest photographers. Photographic commissions reflecting Britain’s changing industrial heritage take place at nine different sites between January 2014 and September 2015. Magnum photographer Mark Power’s stunning shots of Bombardier in Derby and Holdsworth Fabrics in Huddersfield demonstrate the UK’s transport industry is still thriving, showing the manufacture of carriages and their interiors in fascinating detail.

Open for Business has been commissioned and produced by Multistory in collaboration with Magnum Photos and has been awarded partial funding from the Arts Council of England’s Strategic Touring Programme. Participating national galleries and museums include the Science Museum in London and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Summer Family Fun

Summer Holiday Family Fun

  • 23 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

This summer we’re exploring the different ways railway passengers have travelled throughout the years. We’re opening up more carriages than ever before, so climb aboard and see what you can discover.

Explore our fantastic collection of carriages (Carriages open daily but times vary check on arrival for opening times) and experience what railway travel was like for different classes of passenger.

Find out what else varied between the classes with our object handling sessions. See, touch and feel real objects from our collection and learn more about how railway travel has changed.

Create your own seaside postcard inspired by our collection of railway posters, and we’ll send it home for you. A small charge applies.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Music on the Rails

Music on the Rails

  • 6 September 2014 3pm-12am

The National Railway Museum, together with MOR music, will be putting on a music extravaganza on 6 September 2014. Acts include York’s very own Beth McCarthy who stared in BBC’s The Voice and Boss Caine – recently described by Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 as “stunning UK talent” as well as Barcode Zebra, David Ward Maclean and Holly Taymer.

The acts will be playing in the museums atmospheric Station Hall as well as a moving train – the Directors Carriage – out in the South Yard.

See for more details.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


  • 27 September 2014 — 1 March 2015

Experience the anticipation that is an integral part of trainspotting through the work of artist Andrew Cross in our fresh interpretation of the ever-popular theme.

Trainspotting was one of the most common pastimes for boys in the 1950s and 1960s, but what does it mean in the modern world of today? In his new exploration of the topic, Andrew uses personal memories of a childhood spent travelling the tracks plus contemporary film work to create the collective experience that links the nostalgic hobby with the international perspective of the present day. The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

See for more details.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Making the Connection

Making the Connection

  • 27 September 2014

A joint National Railway Museum and Your Fair Ladies day conference

Tens of thousands of people have looked into their family trees to find railway workers and other people connected with the railway industry; discovering detailed information to put their lives in context is an exciting challenge. The Making the Connection conference will guide people through the material which can be found in archives and libraries whilst scene-setting British railways’ rich history.

Expert speakers will set railways as a context for past lives, look at the history of the railway industry, reveal the true nature of mass leisure travel by rail in the late 19th century, and show how the railways quickly became a new opportunity for crime. Speakers include academic historians, specialist staff from the National Railway Museum and experienced genealogists.

With practical elements during the day this will be a fascinating event, with something for both the experienced genealogist and those just starting the search for their railway ancestors.


Prices: £35 (£30 for Friends of the National Railway Museum) includes lunch and refreshments

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.