National Railway Museum | Day Out With The Kids

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National Railway Museum

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Railway and Transport Attractions

Attraction closed.

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, National Railway Museum is currently closed to the public, however the gardens are still open. We'll keep this updated with news of when it might be open again, but always recommend to check before you travel.

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Attraction Information

At National Railway Museum there are big trains, bigger rides, it's the perfect platform for the biggest railway day out ever! Great for kids of all ages but convenient for older relatives to tag along too, this is a true family destination.

Daily demonstrations include the locomotive turntable and the winding engines, which are fun for curious minds of all ages to study. You can relive the splendour of days gone by with a steam or diesel ride behind one of the engines, or perhaps take a trip on the miniature railway before relaxing in the Play 'n' Picnic area: extremely popular with the kids! Or why not do it all?! The rides are seasonal, so please the check programme on 01904 621261 before visiting.

In the workshop, you can see the traditional restoration skills of the engineers and craftsmen or have fun building your own models using amazing interactive displays! It's educational but it's fun and there's the rub: they'll hardly know they're learning through the joy of it!

Children can learn how to build a bridge, control the signals or discover what keeps a train on the tracks in the Interactive Learning Centre! It gives a much better and more informative experience of the railway than your average trip, offering loads to pique their curiosity and the answers to most questions too! Come soon for the biggest family day out, admission is free for everyone! Really!

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Opening hours

Summer
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Winter
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th-26th December

Pricing

Free admission
Donation welcome

Travel & Contact Information

Address

Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ, England

Phone number

01904 621261

Map

Website

Click here to visit National Railway Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

The visitor car park is on Leeman Road (£9.00 per day). Accessible parking is free, and available outside the City Entrance.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, National Railway Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, National Railway Museum have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

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