Days out in Yorkshire: National Railway Museum, York

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It’s July 3, 1938, and a blur of colour and steam whizzes past at a staggering 126mph.

That blur was the A4 class locomotive Mallard, setting a new steam locomotive world speed record. That record still stands today.

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s achievement and the National Railway Museum in York is home to the Mallard and a great day out.

The museum brought all six surviving A4 locomotives together last year and if you’re quick, you can hop up to the NRM’s sister museum in Shilden, County Durham to see these very six together from February 15 to 23 before they all return to their respective home museums.

Super-speed steam locomotives aside, whether you’re an avid spotter or just like big things built, well, big – then this free national museum in York is a must.

The expansive attraction is right next to York station and takes visitors through the epic journey of rail travel in the UK and the world and spells out how significant it was.

It brings these huge feats of engineering to life and explains how rail shaped a country.

Storyboards use expert testimony and opinion to bring jargon-free understanding to key moments in rail history – but there’s also more detail on offer for enthusiasts. There’s even a library.

The exhibits themselves are mighty in stature and folklore – you might even recognise a few from film and TV.

As well as the Mallard, it’s home to rail icons like the Japanese Shinkansen bullet train, a replica of Stephenson’s Rocket and King George V.

So this winter, this place is your ticket to ride a great, free, indoor day out.


Price: Free

Opening Times: 10am to 5pm

Address: NRM York, Leeman Road, York

Car Parking: Paid-for on site

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 08448 153139

Sat Nav: YO26 4XJ

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