5 August 2015

The National Railway Museum, York

The National Railway Museum in York is a relatively common day out for us. It's free (which is one of my favourite qualities in a museum!), and it's right by where we tend to park on our trips to the city (and the train station for folk getting the train in!) so it's really handy too. And despite none of us having a particular interest in trains, we've always found plenty to entertain us!
 
Family day out Yorkshire
 
The summer holidays is a particularly fun time to visit too, as there's always a range of extra activities, shows, storytelling sessions and other stuff to keep everyone entertained.
 
vintage railway posters
 
Unfortunately our last visit was only a flying one and we didn't have time for these extras. While the kids and I have been a lot, this was the Mr's first ever visit to this centre of all things train, so we just wanted to give him the highlights!
 

big train bridge

We had a really quick run round the Great Hall, where most of the engines are kept. The massive black Chinese engine is quite a sight, and you can sit aboard the famous Japanese Shinkansen to take an imaginary ride across the land of the rising sun!

big chinese train york

I prefer the lovely old trains in the historic Station Hall though, including the spectacularly ornate one used by Queen Victoria, and the 'dude's train' that belonged to Kind Edward VII.

vintage railway luggage

railway museum york

Station Hall is spattered with gorgeous vintage train paraphernalia and oddities, as well as being he way to the outdoor South Yard, with a little play area and mini train to ride.

york railway museum vintage cafe
 
I'm sure it'll come as no surprise that one of my favourite things to do at the National Railway Museum is to visit the lovely on site café. There's actually a couple of places to eat in the museum, as well as a picnic area, but my favourite is the beautiful vintage inspired café in the Great Hall.
 
railway museum cafe
 
railway museum cafe
 
As well as doing  lovely range of teas from the ever wonderful Taylors of Harrogate (the China Rose Petal is my favourite!), you can also find a cracking selection of freshly baked delights to go with. I can't resist a proper good scone with jam and clotted cream, but our party also had a tasty (and huge!) peanut butter cookie and a rather hefty chunk of flapjack and all went down very well!

clotted cream scone

You can find out about all the activities and events coming up at the National Railway Museum on their webpage here. The performances of The Railway Children this summer look like a particular highlight, but there's always plenty to do and see here. A great day out for train lovers and an interesting couple few hours for everyone else!

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