The National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world. It is located in the centre of York, less than 800 yards from York Minster. It is housed in a former steam locomotive depot and was opened in 1975.
It has a collection of over 100 locomotives and almost 200 items of rolling stock dating from the early 19th century to the present. All eras of railway history are represented by the exhibits, including steam, electric and diesel. Among the well-known steam trains is the famous Flying Scotsman which used to ply between Edinburgh and London. As well as the locomotives there is also a large collection of railway related items such as signalling equipment and tools. Visitors can also view the vast collection of posters and paintings devoted to railway themes.
The National Railway Museum has special themed exhibitions which are also free. For example there is an exhibition of 1930s fashion, engineering and design which includes the Duchess of Hamilton steam locomotive in full streamlined form.
Refreshments are available from a restaurant and a cafe and there is a picnic area with a play area next to it.
The National Railway Museum shop has a range of railway related gifts, books, DVDs and souvenirs for sale.
Free disabled parking is available at the City Entrance. Wheelchairs are available free of charge there are wheelchair accessible toilets.
The Museum is only a few minutes’ walk from York station and the route is signposted. There are plenty of other free attractions in York itself. For instance, York Minster is a short walk away and The Shambles, a street consisting of 15th century buildings, is also nearby.
National Railway Museum,
Tel: 08448 153139