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National Railway Museum

York, North Yorkshire, England

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3) and Young Children (4-8)

Venue type: Indoor

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!


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit National Railway Museum's website
01904 621261

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


Free admission

More Information

Eating information

The licensed restaurants are open daily. During the summer (weather permitting) there is a barbecue to enjoy.


Disabled Toilets in both halls. Baby changing rooms.

Gift shop

You can find all your souvenirs, gifts, videos and booklets in the shop, which also offers a mail order service, they also have a Thomas the Tank Engine gift shop.

Baby food facilities

Baby food and milk warming facilities available.


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National Railway Museum

York, North Yorkshire, England


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