Exciting news for train fans of all ages! Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous locomotive, will be displayed at the National Railway Museum this October half term (21st October to 5th November 2023) as part of its centenary celebrations. On static display on the historic turntable in the museum’s Great Hall, visitors will be able to see the locomotive in all its glory with a 360-degree view free of charge every day 10am to 5pm throughout half term, making its final visit to the museum during its centenary year. Flying Scotsman was last displayed on the turntable in 2016.
Flying Scotsman VR experience
Visitors can also take a journey back in time through the locomotive’s greatest moments over the last 100 years in the multisensory Flying Scotsman VR experience. A cast of historic figures takes visitors through the Flying Scotsman’s story including the British Empire Exhibition, 100mph record-breaking run and journeys around North America and Australia. Tickets for the VR experience must be booked in advance on the museum’s website. The free centenary exhibition Flying Scotsman: 100 Years, 100 Voices will also be on display in the museum’s North Shed, which explores the human side of the locomotive’s legacy.
Visit Wonderlab while you’re there!
While you’re at the museum, why not visit Wonderlab, the new interactive gallery that’s designed for children? There’s an additional cost to enter, but we think it’s well worth it; read our review of Wonderlab here.