National Railway Museum

An authentic locomotive turntable inside the museum's Great Hall with engines displayed in a row
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The National Railway Museum is in York houses the world's greatest collection of railway items. This includes the record-breaking Mallard, the iconic Japanese Bullet Train and a stunning collection of Royal Trains

The museum is part of the Science Museum Group and is free to enter.

With daily demonstrations and a special programme of exhibitions and events, 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
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.
A view of the new Hitachi Class 800 cab during the testing process

Testing Exhibition

  • 12 October 2018 — 28 April 2019 *on now

Every great invention starts with a question.

Enter a world of experimentation, prototyping and testing and discover how these techniques help engineers and scientists find the answers.

Join us in this brand-new, free exhibition in our Gallery space and meet some of the ordinary people doing extraordinary things to drive innovation in the rail industry.

Testing showcases the UK’s latest railway technology from projects including Crossrail, HS2, Hitachi's new IEP trains and the UK’s first Hyperloop pod—come and see how these innovative endeavours prove that engineering involves much more than just a spanner and hard hat.

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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