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When it’s time for a break, visit our family-friendly cafés for tea and coffee, light snacks and delicious hot meals.

Dine in the splendid comfort of a Victorian-inspired dining car or grab an indulgent ice cream on your way through the museum. We believe in sourcing the best local ingredients—almost half of our produce is from Yorkshire suppliers.

Great Hall Café

Visitors order from Mallard Cafe at the National Railway Museum

OPENING TIMES: 10.00–16.30
LOCATION: Great Hall

Indulge in our delicious new menu, filled with locally sourced hot and cold deli food, bakery treats, and a variety of coffees, speciality teas and hot chocolate.


Station Hall Café

Sandwiches in the Dining Car restaurant

OPENING TIMES: 10.00–16.00
LOCATION: Station Hall

Nestled between our stunning royal carriages, this café creates a unique dining experience. Indulge in a leisurely lunch in a Victorian-inspired dining car, or relax and enjoy our home-baked cakes and a fresh tea or coffee in a 1920s lounge.


New ice cream

Enjoy a couple of scoops of Northern Bloc’s tasty natural ice creams, available in our cafes and outdoor areas. Their amazing selection of bold flavours come in dairy and vegan options.


Countess of York

A table set for afternoon tea in the Countess of York railway carriage

Travel back in time to the era of high-class railway dining with a luxury afternoon tea experience aboard our beautifully restored rail carriage, the Countess of York.