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To visit, please book free admission tickets or request an education visit.
Please note: Station Hall will be closed on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 August. This is for urgent maintenance work.
The Road Train is also currently unavailable.


Welcome to the National Railway Museum in York, where you can explore the past, present and future of the railways.

Home to iconic locomotives and beautiful collections, you can wander through halls and explore the stories, places and engineering marvels behind the railways. See world-changing inventions like Rocket and the Japanese Bullet Train. Admire the splendour of royal travel including Queen Victoria’s ‘palace on wheels’ and stand face-to-face with the world’s fastest steam locomotive, Mallard.

Museum admission is free and you can save time on arrival by booking in advance.

We're proud hold the title of two prestigious awards for 2022:

  • Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice: Best of the Best
  • Little Vikings: Best Family Attraction in York

Opening times

Our normal opening hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00.

Summer holidays

We’re open from 10.00 to 17.00 every day during the school summer holidays, Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September. Find out more about our summer activities.

Booking tickets

We recommend booking your free museum admission in advance to save time when you get here.

We're a charity and rely on donations to help us continue to share the stories of railway history. You can add a donation when booking your free tickets or when visiting the museum. You can also donate online. Thank you.

If your plans change, it's best to log in to your account online to cancel your ticket and book a new date if you want to. Alternatively, contact the booking team on 033 0058 0058 or email us at to exchange or return your ticket. Our phone lines can get very busy so please bear with us.

Food and drink

We have cafés in Great Hall and Station Hall serving delicious meals, snacks, cakes and drinks.

Great Hall café is open 10.00–16.30. Station Hall café is open 10.00–15.00.

For a more indulgent experience, book a table for afternoon tea at Countess of York.

Museum shop

Browse our extensive range of railway gifts, memorabilia, models and more at our shops—located by the main entrance—or explore our online selection.

Visit guidelines

Part of the Science Museum Group