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
Search Engine -

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.
Researchers Night

Researchers Night

  • 26 September 2014 6-8pm

As part of YorNight 2014 we are presenting Rail Search – an exclusive after-hours experience at the National Railway Museum which offers a special chance to see our research programme and collections up close and personal.

Rail Search will include a series of short talks and displays by curators and researchers in the unique setting of our Great Hall. Discover the unsung the role of ambulance trains in World War 1, the Victorian fascination with illustrations of railway tunnels, and why an Edwardian model railway has a crucial 21st century safety role.
Hear the stories behind all manner of railway objects, from uniform buttons to railway carriages, become a railway research detective, and find out how research brings the collections to life and shows why railways and their past matter today.

Free entry.

Our Cafe will be open and car parking will be free for attendees.

For more information visit

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry


The Great York Shed Bash

The Great York Shed Bash

  • 27 September 2014 5-8pm

As part of our new Trainspotting season we’re hosting a very special evening to celebrate one of Britain’s most common pastimes. We’re opening up more of our collection and giving you the opportunity to share your spotter stories at our evening gathering. The event includes:

• National Railway Museum curator Bob Gwynne on the history of trainspotting from the 19th century to present day
• Preview of our web video of Ian McMillan reading his Trainpotting poem
• Exclusive cab access to a variety of locos in our Great Hall
• Tasty Yorkshire ploughmans picnic supper.
• Entertaining spotter stories – with the opportunity to share yours.

Tickets to this event are £10 per person and can be booked online at or by phone on 08448 153139

So grab your notebook and pen and get ready for a night full of memories of mischief and adventure.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets to this event are £10 per person and can be booked online or by phone on 08448 153139




  • 27 September 2014 — 1 March 2015

Explore the adventure and nostalgia associated with Trainspotting, one of the most common pastimes for boys in the 1950s and 1960s, with a variety of events. Acclaimed artist Andrew Cross’s exciting and exclusive commission offers a fresh and contemporary insight into the hobby.

Take part in our Great Hall and Station Hall family-friendly trails,* and keep a look out for our spotters stories curated by acclaimed poet Ian McMillan displayed around our museum. During the school holidays experience first-hand the mischief, drama and anticipation of travelling the tracks and sneaking around stations with entertaining theatre performances by Platform 4 Theatre Company.

FREE entry


*small charge applies

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Making the Connection

Making the Connection

  • 27 September 2014 9:30am-5:30pm

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


Locos in a different light

Locos in a Different Light

  • 29 October — 1 November 2014

As part of our Trainspotting season, see a selection of fascinating ‘spotter stories’ brought to life in our Great Hall with amazing colour and lighting. A unique chance to see the locomotives linked to these tales from the tracks as you’ve never seen them before, as part of our sixth annual lighting competition which this year is bigger and better than ever. A wide range of refreshments will be available in our Mallard Café and the museum shop will also be open.

FREE entry

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.