National Railway Museum Tours
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The expansive collections of the National Railway Museum fill galleries, halls and brick warehouses — designed to look like train depots — on two sides of Leeman Road in York. Over a million artifacts bring the nostalgia and necessity of 300 years of rail travel to life: giant clocks, postcards, piles of vintage luggage, tickets, toys and models, as well as 300 carefully restored rail vehicles.
In the gallery attached to the glass-topped Station Hall, the former main goods station in York, exhibits showcase train art. Rotating exhibits at the museum detail how rail lines were installed, and videos alongside stalled salon cars bring passenger travel to life.
In the Great Hall, step inside the Shinkansen — the world’s first bullet train, reaching speeds of up to 130 miles per hour, and built in Japan in the 1960s — and peer in on the ornate interior detailing of the art deco-styled Dutchess of Hamilton, built in the 1930s. The hall is also home to the power car of a Eurostar, a black and blue shiny laquer Mallard steam locomotive popular in the mid 1900s, and a second class carriage from an early 1800s passenger train. Most afternoons after 3pm, museum staff conduct tours and share stories from inside several of its most popular vehicles.
The National Railway Museum in York is the larger of two UK museums dedicated to rail travel — the other is 60 miles north in Shildon and both are free to the public. This location, a half-mile west of downtown York on Leeman Road, is open daily from 10am until 6pm year-round (closed Dec. 24-26).
A footbridge connects present day York station to the museum and the Rawcliffe Park & Ride bus stops in front of the museum. The museum has a gift shop and restaurant/café serving sandwiches and hot drinks. A regular roster of new events, exhibitions, talks, and tours populate the museum calendar, so check to see what’s happening before arriving.
Address: Leeman Road, York, Yorkshire, England
Hours: Open daily from 10am-6pm year-round (closed Dec. 24-26)
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Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Reconnect with your favourite York landmarks with this hop-on, hop-off open-top bus tour around the towns best loved sites, with a live guide. Sit back and relax as our experienced guide regales you with fascinating information about York Minster, Micklegate Bar, Clifford’s Tower and much more. You can hop-on and hop-off at any of the 20 stops. A great break from online learning for the kids, with a chance to have a more interactive experience. It’s been a very long time since we’ve been able to see the iconic monuments of this great city, so join us and revisit the best of York! We will be providing single-use masks and gloves on this tour, although customers are welcome to provide their own. The first tour of the day starts at 10:15am from Exhibition Square. *1 day extra free applies when booking a 1 and/or 2 day hop-on, hop-off York ticket, travelling before 28 Feb 2021 on days when the tour operates daily (1 extra day free- not applicable when the tour does not run every day).
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are National Railway Museum hours of operation?
National Railway Museum hours of operation: Open daily from 10am-6pm year-round (closed Dec. 24-26). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience National Railway Museum?
The best ways to experience National Railway Museum are:
- York Walking Tour (with NEW self distancing)
- York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with 1 Extra Day FREE
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