The National Railway Museum in York is the world’s largest railway museum and attracts around a million visitors a year. Before it became a museum, the building and surrounding area used to be a steam locomotive depot. When it was designated as a national museum in 1975, it instantly became one of England’s largest museums.

Image of Great Hall At The National Railway Museum In York
Great Hall At The National Railway Museum In York

When Jonathan mentioned during our visit to York, that we should visit the railway museum, I have to say I wasn’t really that enthused at first. However, I really enjoyed it and judging by the way, Jonathan was running around with his camera; he was having quite a good time too.

What Is There To See At The Museum?

Trains, trains and more trains. The National Railway Museum is home to many amazingly preserved iconic trains and locomotives and spans more than 300 years of railway history.

Flicking through our photos, it appears we were rather impressed with all the steam locomotives such as the fastest steam train in the world, the Mallard.

The Mallard - The World's Fastest Steam Locomotive at the National Railway Museum in York
The Mallard – The World’s Fastest Steam Locomotive

And the Evening Star, the last steam locomotive built by British Railways.

Evening Star - The Last British Steam Locomotive at the British National Railway Museum
Evening Star – The Last Produced British Steam Locomotive

And here’s the Duchess of Hamilton, another steam locomotive; this one was built back in 1939.

Duchess of Hamilton Steam Built in 1938 at the UK National Railway Museum in York
Duchess of Hamilton Steam Built in 1938
Queen Victoria's Railway Carriage National Railway Museum in York England
Queen Victoria’s Railway Carriage

You can also see Queen Victoria’s very elaborate railway carriage and step inside a Japanese Bullet Train and learn the history of high-speed trains.

Eurostar Power Car at the Great Hall At The National Railway Museum In York, England
Eurostar Power Car

There are talks and presentations held throughout the day. Train carriages to climb in and on and a room packed with train memorabilia.

For up to date information on events and what’s happening at the National Railway Museum, check out their website

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Feeling Peckish?

There’s a cafe in the Great Hall, a restaurant in the Station Hall and an outdoor cafe in the courtyard. Prices are quite reasonable. A mug of tea is just £2.20. (Prices as at May 2019)

It’s also possible to enjoy a cream tea with scones and finger sandwiches on board a beautifully restored train carriage the ‘Countess of York’. But alas, the venue was full that day, but bookings can be made in advance online at


LMS Horwich Steam Locomotive Was Built in 1926 and is on display in the Great Hall At The National Railway Museum In York
1926 LMS Horwich Steam Locomotive

How Much Does It Cost to Visit the National Railway Museum?

It’s free to enter the National Railway Museum, but donations are gratefully received.

What Are The Opening Times For The York National Railway Museum?

The National Railway Museum in York is open every day, including bank holidays, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

10.00–17.00 during the winter
10.00–18.00 during the summer

Note: Not actually sure when winter turns into summer, I guess from April.

How To Get To The National Railway Museum In York

  • Walking – The museum is just a ten-minute walk from the centre of York, and the route is very well signposted.
  • By train – The museum is just a few minutes’ walk from York Railway station, and the way is clearly marked.
  • By bus – The number 10 bus stops close to the museum.
  • By bicycle – Follow signs to the museum. There are a few bicycle racks at each entrance.
  • By road train – Take the road train from next to The York Minster straight to the museum.
  • By car – Follow the signs to the museum that are all over York. It currently costs £10 a day to park in the visitor car park at the National Railway Museum In York.
Collections Storage at the National Railway Museum in York
Collections Storage at the National Railway Museum in York

Visiting this amazing museum is a must for any train enthusiast and trust me, even the not so enthusiastic will have a fun time too.

What’s the best/worst museum you have ever visited? Tell us in the comments below.

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