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National Railway Museum

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Think big this summer—unlock your inner engineer and conquer hands-on challenges every day of the holiday.

Explore below to find out what's in store for your visit. Our activities and shows change each week and at weekends, so don't forget pick up a copy of Today's Events when you arrive.

Scheduled dates

Activity Zone

Great Hall
11:00–15:00 daily

Put your heads together and get stuck into our hands-on activities every day of the holidays.

Science shows

Learning Space
All shows 12.00 and 15.00—see below for dates.

We’ll spark your curiosity in our interactive live science shows, whether we’re journeying underground or speeding up to over 700mph.

Engineering hub

Feeling super-creative? Bring your own inventions to life in our Engineering Hub, hosted by Technology in Play, 11.00–15.00 every Wednesday in August.

Daily activities

  • Stephenson's Rocket
    Great Hall
    Discover the secrets of the steam engine that started it all in our daily Stephenson’s Rocket workshop. 
  • Turntable demonstration
    Great Hall
    Be amazed as you see a locomotive moved smoothly around in a perfect circle by our operating turntable.
  • Winding engine demonstration 
    Great Hall
  • Storytelling
    Station Hall
    An adventurous, exciting railway journey for under-5s.

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!