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National Railway Museum

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Put your brains and hands to work this half term with free entry for the whole family.

Experiment with magnetic-powered travel, discover over 200 years of history in a whole new way with our new Treasure Hunters app, and imagine how you would build the railway of tomorrow.

Scheduled dates

What's on

Children observe a science busking session


Time: 11.0015.00
Location: Great Hall
Price: Free

Where we’re going we don’t need wheels. Levitate a train using magnets to discover the genius behind maglev.


Time: 11.0015.00
Location: Great Hall
Price: £1.50

Is maglev the future of rail? Decide what you think as you design and build a bottle-sized magnetic railway network to take home.

Find out more and book your tickets.


Time: 12.00 and 14.00 daily
Location: Learning Space
Price: Free

How did we get from Stephenson’s Rocket to high-speed train travel? Find out the science and engineering behind it all in our explosive live show.


Time: 11.30 and 16.00 daily
Location: Great Hall
Price: Free

Get to know one of the greatest innovations of technology in history in this interactive workshop.


Time: 11.30 and 15.30
Location: Station Hall
Price: Free
Age: Under-6s

Use your imagination to take our story anywhere you decide.


Time: Ask upon arrival
Location: Great Hall
Price: Free

See our magnificent turntable or enormous winding engine in action.


Time: 10.0015.00
Location: Great Hall
Price: Free

Imagine how you might solve some of our biggest challenges, chat to real engineers and tackle our hands-on activities about engineering and the environment.

Find out more and book your tickets.


Time: 10.30–12.15 and 13.30–16.00 daily
Location: South Yard
Price: £3 per person, under-2s free

Get an authentic steam experience with a blast through South Yard, running every day during half term.

Find out more about steam rides.

Accept challenges, battle against your friends and family, and team up to win badges with our new app, Treasure Hunters (recommended for ages 5+).

Create a unique tour of the museum that changes every time you play. Then continue the fun at home and make connections between our amazing collection and the objects you use every day.

It’s free to download and taking part is as easy as taking a photo. Get ready to explore, snap and score!

May Half Term is presented in association with the HM Government’s Year of Engineering programme, made possible with the generous support of: