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.
Playing Trains

Playing Trains

  • 20 March — 4 September 2015 *on now

Why do children love trains so much? Our immersive and playful new exhibition explores childhood fascination with trains and railways. Discover what makes them so enthralling through interactives which will trigger memories and reminisces in older visitors, and excite and inspire our younger visitors. This exhibition is not just about children but it is also for them.

For more information keep checking

Suitable for

  • Any age


Book your tickets soon for the mesmerising return of the National Railway Museum and York Theatre Royal’s award winning production of The Railway Children.

The Railway Children*

  • 31 July — 5 September 2015 *on now

Join Bobby, Peter and Phyllis as they tell the story of how they became The Railway Children. Mike Kenny's adaptation of E. Nesbit's well loved novel and Damien Cruden's direction tells a fantastic story which comes to life using a unique theatre setting that allows the audience to sit on station platforms either side of a real rail track. Featuring a beautiful steam locomotive this production will make you laugh, cry, sigh, gasp and your heart ache in one of the most breath taking theatrical events York has ever seen.

For more information visit

For tickets contact the York Theatre Royal Box Office on 01904 623568 or visit

Tickets go on sale on shortly.

*Charge applies

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




Discover more at the NRM.


  • 4 September — 1 November 2015

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.
Join us this Summer for fun and theatricals!

From Steam to Stage

  • 18 July — 6 September 2015 *on now

Discover the story of The Railway Children in our Warehouse Paper Chase, or take The Railway Children Challenge and follow Mr Perks on an exciting adventure through our museum. We’ve also got turntable demonstrations, cab access to some of our most famous locomotives, and a packed daily programme of talks and tours.

For more information visit

Suitable for

  • Any age
Work, Rest and Play

Work, Rest and Play: Exploring the Extended Railway Family archive conference

  • 19 September 2015

The Work, Rest and Play conference will examine the life of the railway worker beyond the traditional driver’s cab, seeking to define what ‘The Railway Family’ was, and how it can be discovered. Drawing on records from an extensive variety of sources and using practical case studies, historians, NRM staff and experienced genealogists will reveal some little-known facets of the wider railway community.

Places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis so book early to guarantee your place. Price: £35 (£30 to Friends of the NRM) – includes lunch and refreshments.
Book on-line and see the programme at

Telephone 01904 621261

Suitable for

  • Any age


£30 (Friends of the NRM)

Come and see us at the YOR Night Conference 2015.

YOR Night Conference

  • 25 September 2015 12am

This year’s conference is running at York Explore. Come and look at our images and pieces from our collections, and chat to the National Railway Museum curators and researchers.

For more information visit

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


Flying Scotsman returns to the NRM.

Flying Scotsman season

  • 1 February — 1 June 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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