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Come face to face with giants at the National Railway Museum. This place has something to interest everyone, young or old, train enthusiast or not. As well as iconic locomotives (think Replica Stephenson’s Rocket, Mallard and more), there are live shows and demonstrations every day, along with a real focus on family-friendly activities. And it’s free!
This is one of York’s star attractions for a reason. The family activities are excellent and will appeal to children of all ages. There’s plenty to do and see, so you could easily make a morning or afternoon of it. There’s a great mini train ride (extra charge) and usually steam rides (extra charge) on weekends and school holidays.
Good to know – There’s a little indoor area for under 5’s to play in, as well as regular holiday activities for children. The ‘Today’s Events’ leaflets and maps will make sure you don’t miss anything, helping you make the most of your visit. Its popularity with locals on a rainy day has earned the NRM its status as ‘York’s umbrella’.
Venue: National Railway Museum Food & Drink: There’s a number of picnic benches, inside and out, so you can bring your own lunch. Food at the café is good though, and they do a kids’ lunch bag. Parking: Yes, but it’s not cheap, so you might want to ditch the car and find another way to get there. It’s a short walk from the city centre and a hop, skip and jump from York station. Prices: Free Opening Times: 10am to 6pm daily (summer) and 10am to 5pm (winter); closed 24th, 25th and 26th December. Contact: Visit the website Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ