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Ignite your family's curiosity this summer at National Railway Museum with exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities located among engineering marvels that changed the world.

Things to do this Summer

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Fresh for 2021 experience Power It: Through demonstrations and crafting activities, we explore the different types of energy used in the past, present, and the future of the railways. Just drop in at our Inspiration Station to explore the future of our railways (no additional booking required).

Delve deeper into the fascinating stories of the museum’s historic site with Sound Tracks, our new audio trail.

Hop aboard our Miniature Railway for a little taste of train travel—or for the full-size experience explore Station Hall and Great Hall which are packed with the giants of the railways including our superstars Mallard and Rocket.

Re-live Mallard’s record-breaking run on the Mallard Experience, before recharging with delicious treats, snacks and hot meals in our restaurant or café. Further treats and gifts for loved ones can be found in our shop.

Children with energy to burn will enjoy our under-5s play area and outdoor play area.

Other things to see and do

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Witness the beauty of Rocket, George and Robert Stephenson's world-changing locomotive which kick-started a golden era of innovation. Built in 1829 to run on the Liverpool and Manchester railway—the world's first inter-city passenger railway line.

Explore over 100 years of railway life in historic Station Hall, a former goods shed now home to our inspiring collection. Home to the luxurious Royal Carriages, a must-see for any visitor.

Rub shoulders with railway legends from the past 200 years — from history-makers to record-breakers, Great Hall is home to some awe-inspiring engines, including the high-speed Japanese bullet train and the record-breaking Mallard.

Making your visit safe

The museum will be offering you a very warm welcome as always, but they have put some new measures in place to ensure you can enjoy the museum safely:

  • All visitors must book free, timed admission tickets in advance via the website
  • Visitors will be asked to wear a face covering in the museum while indoors, unless exempt
  • Protective screens are in place at all ticket desks and information points
  • Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the museum
  • There are enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the museum, including toilets, high-touch areas and our interactive galleries
  • Tickets are scanned by contactless e-scanners
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible
  • Before your visit you will also receive an email with helpful information about how to have a safe and enjoyable day out at the museum

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