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Feature: National Railway Museum

No visit to York would be complete without a visit to the world’s greatest railway museum. From Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive to the replica of Stephenson’s world-changing Rocket, meet the stars of the national collection. Plus enter the world of high speed travel on the Japanese bullet train.

Soak up the atmosphere in our renovated Station Hall

Experience the sights and sounds of a station from the past in our historic building filled with vehicles spanning a century of railway history. See station objects from our collection, and watch films showcasing station life. You can climb on board some of our carriages or take a tour around the atmospheric Hall with one of our Explainers.

We put people ‘s stories about working in stations and travelling by train at the heart of station hall – read here more about these stories in our blog posts about the redevelopment process 

Our collection of royal vehicles gives a fantastic insight into over 100 years of royal train travel.

Station Hall and Royal Carriages at the National Railway Museum


From Queen Victoria’s lavish ‘palace on wheels’ to King Edward VII’s well-furnished smoking saloon discover the biggest collection of royal carriages in the world. Peak into the past and imagine what it was like to tour Britain as part of the Royal family during World War II.
Take a peak at the world’s best collection of royal carriages

Discover history makers and record breakers

Discover over 300 years of history and a million wonderful railway objects.

Rocket Steam Ride at the National Railway Museum

Explore our giant halls full of engines and railway legends including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive and the UK’s most majestic collection of royal carriages.

Enjoy our daily programme of talks, demonstrations and exhibitions, with many exciting events throughout the year. Come along during the school holidays for live theatre, action-packed science shows and steam rides. Wander among thousands of curious treasures in the Warehouse and discover the museum’s hidden gems in Search Engine, our library and archive centre. Watch the engines move on the turntable and the engineers at work in the workshop. Kids can let off steam in the outdoor play area, enjoy lively science shows, take a ride on the miniature railway or learn through the interactive exhibits. With daily demonstrations, tours and a special events programme, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.

Mallard Experience – You can break the world speed record

Don’t miss out on our spectacular state-of-the-art 12 seater simulator ride located in the Great Hall.  

NRM Simulator Mallard Experience

Recreating Mallard’s record breaking run this is the only place for you to experience the sounds, sights and smells of the world’s fastest steam locomotive.
Meet the real people who were part of this amazing record breaking run and experience what it would feel like to fly around the engine. This unique, animated film is a recreation of this incredible record breaking run.





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National Railway Museum e-shop


The National Railway Museum  E-Shop

The National Railway Museum Online Shop is the perfect place to shop for all things train related! Browse our locomotives, prints, gifts and ideas for the home.

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