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National Railway Museum, York, England

Updated on October 2, 2018
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Eileen loves to travel as much as possible both at home in the U.K. and abroad with local places of interest high on her to visit list.

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The Historic City Of York

York is the county town of Yorkshire, England, and this historic city has much to offer visitors.

The River Ouse runs through York and tourists can hop on a boat for a trip along the river.

Visitors to York can also shop in various retail outlets that vary from modern to quirky and even unique. There are cafes, bars, pubs, and restaurants galore but as York can be very busy at most times of the year thank your lucky stars there are.

Visit the Shambles area for a glimpse at olde worlde York or walk the ancient walls that still surround part of the city. Visit in springtime and the grassy areas around the walls are a golden glow of daffodils.

There are ghost walks and interesting places to visit in this reasonable small city and one of the city's and country's exceptional museums is the National Railway Museum.

The Japanese Train The Bullett

Also on display the Bullett
Also on display the Bullett

Visiting the National Railway Museum, or N.R.M.

You do not have to be a railway enthusiast to visit the N.R.M. at York but some interest helps.

That said however the National Railway Museum fascinates young and old, families, couples and singles and men and women. There is something for everyone with some quirky interactive displays too.

This museum has a good program of events so check out its website before arranging a visit to the N.R.M. or the museum and York.

The N.R.M. has expanded substantially since I used to visit as a child decades ago. Now with a huge collection of locomotives from around the world, some dating back to the early years of steam trains, it offers children an educational and fun visit.

There are different halls to this museum housing different trains and means of transport and most of the halls are huge.

In some cases trains are displayed along platforms and visitors can climb aboard for a taste of rail travel of old.

Other trains, however, are displayed at ground level allowing the visitor to get a full sense of the size of engines, their power and yes their magnificence.

There are some old carriages undergoing renovations as well as pristine restored carriages and engines that look brand new.

Whether the weather is clement or not make sure you visit the outside of the N.R.M.

When we visited in 2012 the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter series of films was on display in an outer goods yard.

Trains From Different Times

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Hogwarts ExpressMy Hubby who I often call Ted
Hogwarts Express
Hogwarts Express
My Hubby who I often call Ted
My Hubby who I often call Ted

Getting There And Your Visit

The best way to experience the National Railway Museum of York is to visit yourself. The images offer a glimpse of what is on offer but the locomotives are so impressive in the flesh.

The nearest airport to York is Leeds-Bradford about 30 miles or just over 48km away.

We took the tourist or road train across York to the N.R.M. This train, which takes you to the museum entrance:-

  • Leaves the museum every 30 minutes, 11.00–16.00
  • Leaves Duncombe Place every 30 minutes, 11.15–16.15

Current prices are

  • Children £2 each way
  • Adults £3 each way

When we visited there was a discount for seniors.

There are good public transport links to York.

We stayed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation for a long weekend. It was within easy walking distance of the main attractions but far enough away to avoid the hustle and bustle of a busy tourist city.

York is a good base to visit the resorts of Whitby and Scarborough and the cities of Leeds and Hull.

Refreshments

There are various places you can grab a drink or a snack in the N.R.M. We enjoyed a pot of tea at a cafe on one of the station platforms in the Museum.

Visiting the N.R.M.

This museum is free to enter, though you give a donation and is open daily 10.00–18.00

Location

National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
York YO26 4XJ

Telephone Enquiries

Tel:- 03330 161 010 (Monday–Friday, 09.00–17.00; calls charged at your provider’s usual rate).

Find out what's on here

Also on offer in York

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This made us laughThe statue of ConstantineShop or have lunch in the Shambles area of YorkYork MinsterCraft fair held in old schoolOld schoolPart of old walls and gates into the cityIn grounds of the MinsterYorkshire MuseumJews or Cloffords TowerOld court and Castle MuseumAncient wallsMinster dominates skyline
This made us laugh
This made us laugh
The statue of Constantine
The statue of Constantine
Shop or have lunch in the Shambles area of York
Shop or have lunch in the Shambles area of York
York Minster
York Minster
Craft fair held in old school
Craft fair held in old school
Old school
Old school
Part of old walls and gates into the city
Part of old walls and gates into the city
In grounds of the Minster
In grounds of the Minster
Yorkshire Museum
Yorkshire Museum
Jews or Cloffords Tower
Jews or Cloffords Tower
Old court and Castle Museum
Old court and Castle Museum
Ancient walls
Ancient walls
Minster dominates skyline
Minster dominates skyline

© 2018 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      4 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Liz. It is huge compared to when I was a child and a fun place to visit imo

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      I was taken here as a child because my Dad was very much into steam trains. I once took my own children partly because it was free and also because on a cool spring day it had an undercover picnic area. Maybe one day I will take my grandson. You have reminded me of what it was like with your good account and great illustrations.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      4 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Peggy. York is a great place to visit. It is popular with foreign tourists from all over the world.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Railroad museums are fun to visit. There is one we have visited many times in Galveston, Texas. There is also one in Richmond, Texas that we have visited one time. What I liked most about this post was all of your photos of what else there is to see in York. It looks like a wonderful place to visit with many things to see and do. Thanks!

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      Ethel Smith 

      4 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Kirti

      York is a great place to visit. And there is so much history that will appeal to kids too

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      kirtidv2006 

      4 months ago

      Ethel what a great place to visit as adults and especially those that have little children. Now if I have ever visit England I have a place to take my son besides the Buckingham palace. Thanks for sharing.

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      kirtidv2006 

      4 months ago

      Ethel. I really like the look of the japanese bullet train. Would love to visit England. Now I have another place to visit if I ever go to England besides just the Buckingham palace.

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