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 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Summer opening: 10am - 6pm
Winter opening: 10am - 5pm

Admission charges

Free entry

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.
Future Engineers National Railway Museum

Future Engineers

  • 22 — 30 October 2016

This nine-day long celebration of engineering past, present and future offers visitors a fun and interactive experience where you can explore your engineering interests in a series of specially designed challenges and zones:

• ‘Learning zones’ throughout the museum’s two huge halls will allow families to take part in a series of interactive and educational activities where children of all ages can experience first-hand some of the real-life challenges that engineers face in the rail industry.

• The week will open with exciting ‘live’ engineering demonstrations and the chance for youngsters to take part in a group challenge being delivered in association with engineering group Atkins.

• There will also be the opportunity to meet with engineers working on Britain’s biggest rail projects, such as Crossrail and HS2, and to discover more about a future career in engineering.

‘Future Engineers’ is sponsored by Angel Trains, Porterbrook and Eversholt and is about celebrating the importance of rail engineering in Britain.

The National Railway Museum in York invites families and individuals everywhere to to discover their own ‘hidden engineer’ and how they can shape the railways of tomorrow.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13




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.
Locos in a Different Light

Locos in a Different Light

  • 26 — 29 October 2016

The National Railway Museum opens its doors to visitors for a chance to see some of Britain’s most iconic trains in a whole new and different light this October, as part of ‘Illuminating York’.

The museum, whose collection is second to none and includes the world-famous Mallard and Flying Scotsman, will be transformed with its 'Locos in a Different Light' exhibition.

The event will see the museum’s imposing Great Hall plunged into darkness, bathing its fantastic engines with amazing colour and light displays, offering visitors a new perspective on the rich rail history housed at the museum.

Centre stage is a specially commissioned art installation, ‘Travelling Light’, by pioneers of large-scale illuminated art, Heinrich and Palmer, whose creative vision will transform the workshop area of the museum.

The internationally- renowned duo’s installation will provide visitors with an experience that brings together projection, light drawings, film and sound in the working heart of the museum, where trains, including Flying Scotsman and Mallard, are maintained and restored.

The free event runs every evening from 6pm until 10pm from 26–29 October as part of the city-wide Illuminating York festival, which is celebrating its eleventh anniversary this year, making this the perfect way to spend your half term holiday!

Parking and admission to the event is free and there is no need to book.

The main National Railway <Museum shop will remain will be extending it’s opening hours specially along with The Mallard Café in Great Hall will also be extending its hours . A selection of hot and cold snacks will be available.

For more information on Heinrich and Palmer, the team being the installation, visit

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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.

National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
North Yorkshire
YO26 4XJ




08448 153139

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