National Railway Museum, York

For train enthusiasts young and old, a trip to the National Railway Museum in York is just the ticket. Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering firsts, the museum celebrates the past, present and future of innovation on the railways. Budding train buffs can explore over 300 years of locomotive history and family-friendly science shows and storytelling will spark their imaginations.

As a special half-term treat, the 26th October to 3rd November 2019 sees the fiery return of Future Engineers, and the chance to investigate the forces in everyday life and how engineers conquer them – with hands-on challenges, new activity zones, and real-life engineers to answer your questions. To be completely blown away, see the mesmerising StrongWomen Science show, featuring a pair of fire-eating circus performers who reveal the science behind their tricks.

You’ll also be able to get up close to icons of the rails including Mallard (the world’s fastest steam locomotive), climb on board the Japanese bullet train, discover how high-speed rail travel began and journey back in time to experience the working life of a station.

It’s full steam ahead as you experience what it was like to travel by steam train, pulled by Agecroft, built in 1948. Suitable for all ages, a ride on the miniature railway takes you past gigantic railway objects and through the changing landscape of South Yard.

Don't forget to refuel at the cafés in Station Hall and Great Hall, where you'll find delicious dishes and tasty treats to keep you going!


  • Address: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
  • Opening times: 10.00–18.00 in summer (from 15 February), 10.00–17.00 in winter (from 1 November 2020)
  • Admission: Free
  • Telephone: 03330 161 010
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