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National Railway Museum Christmas


National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Tel: 08448153139

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Christmas at the National Railway Museum

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Feeling creative? Make a Christmas card with an engineering twist in our free Christmas crafts drop-in activity. Create your own Christmas tale in our festive Imagination Station, a fun storytelling activity for under-6s and their families.

Treat your taste buds to a Festive Slice served with Fairtrade coffee or Yorkshire Tea for only £3, available from the Mallard Café and Dining Car restaurant throughout the season.

Enjoy the festive wonderment of our enormous Christmas tree, provided by Yorkshire Education. This green giant, nestled among iconic locomotives in Great Hall, has been decorated with ornaments created by pupils from schools across the region.

Combine all of this with an icy adventure at the biggest outdoor ice trail in the UK, taking place around York City Centre 9–10 December. Find an ice sculpture of Stephenson's Rocket on the York Ice Trail outside York Minster.

We’re open 10am – 5pm every day, except for 24, 25 and 26 December when we are closed.

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Guide Prices

A small charge may apply for some activities



  • Disabled access


  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowed


  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018

Road Directions

On foot: It's a 10 minute walk to the museum from the centre of town, and the route is well signposted. But for a quicker, more convenient route from the city centre why not catch the Road Train which runs from the museum's entrance to York Minster.

By Road: The museum is clearly signposted from all approaches to the city. The visitor car park is on Leeman Road (£9 per day). Accessible parking is free, and available outside the museum's City Entrance.

Parking: with charge. Coach parking also onsite.

Park & Ride:
With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier.

Accessible by Public Transport: York station is 0 miles away.

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