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
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, 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.
Flying Scotsman in steam.

Flying Scotsman Season - Starring Scotsman

  • 1 February — 1 June 2016 *on now

A free exhibition focusing on the celebrity of arguably the world’s most famous locomotive. Why is Flying Scotsman so well-known and how has that fame manifested itself? The exhibition in our ever-changing Gallery examines the highs and lows of Flying Scotsman’s rollercoaster career, from glamorous modernist icon to modern day national treasure.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Scotsman racing a bi-plane in the 1920s.

Stunts, Speed & Style

  • 25 March — 8 May 2016 *on now

Explore the history of the luxury travel between London and Edinburgh from its early days in the 19th century right through to the present day. Step on board four locomotives that hauled the world’s longest-established express train and learn about the stunts, speed and style that kept the service flying the flag for high-speed travel along the East Coast Main Line.

Flying Scotsman will be displayed with the Dynamometer car that demonstrates its record-breaking reputation, with GNR No1. ‘Stirling Single’, No. 990 Henry Oakley and No. 55002 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry lined-up.

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.
Flying Scotsman returns to the NRM.

Flying Scotsman season

  • 1 February — 1 July 2016 *on now

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
Flying Scotsman races a bi-plane in the 1920s

Flying Scotsman Season - Need For Speed

  • 27 February — 30 April 2016 *on now

Discover how the railways have taken us from 29 miles an hour to over 300 miles an hour and beyond. Learn about our obsession with speed in our new interactive show which explores how Flying Scotsman set the first 100 mile an hour record for a steam locomotive.

*Weekends only except Easter school holidays which run daily.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Family activities.

Build your own Flying Scotsman

  • 25 March — 8 May 2016 *on now

Get crafty and build your very own model of the Flying Scotsman and learn all about how this amazing locomotive works.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
Experience the luxury of the Service.

Service With Style

  • 25 March — 8 May 2016 *on now

Immerse yourself in the rich history of luxury travel on board the Flying Scotsman route by stepping inside the carriages that tell the tale of the locomotive’s hey-day.*

*Tickets £8 per person for access to the carriages and are available at




Scotsman will be visiting Shildon.

Flying Scotsman and the Shildon Shed Bash

  • 23 — 31 July 2016

Scotsman will be joined by some special guests at Locomotion: Shildon at this free event. As well as being in light steam daily with accompanying locomotives, there will be cab access, themed family events and exclusive photography events.

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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