Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A Day Out In York & The National Train Museum



With only 6 weeks left until my due date, both me and my partner agreed that this weekend just gone, we would make an effort to get out the house and go exploring. 
My partner has a fascination with trains, and has done ever since he was a child, so we decided to venture up to York for the day to visit the National Train Museum, and also have a wander around the quaint little streets of this historic city. 

National Train Museum 

We traveled up by car, however you could catch the train as York train station is literally next door to the museum which is ideal. Be warned however that if you do travel via car the car park does cost £9 to get into, however we thought this was reasonable seen as the museum itself is free and all parking charges go back into the museum. We also left the car in the same car park when we went exploring the city of York, which was ideal, as the closest public car par was £3 for 1 hour. 

The museum itself was brilliant, with different sectors to explore. The main part of the musuem is essentially a massive room full of trains from steam trains to more modern trains such as the eurostar. There is a cafe in the main room serving sandwiches, coffee, cold drinks and cakes, and unlike many other places has plenty of seating to enjoy your food. 

It is also a great day out for children, as there is a play area for the kids in the main hall, a playground outside and also a miniature railway which is reasonably priced at £3. 

The different sections of the museum include: 

The Great Hall: this is the main part of the museum where you can see the likes of the Mallard, Rocket, and the Eurostar. 









Station Hall: This section of the museum has been laid out to replicate an old train station, with a cafe in between the platforms, seating areas and is filled with different carriages and historic items that depict York's train history.




South Yard: This area is the museum's outdoor area, in which holds the children's playground, miniature railway. 

The Workshop: From this, you can watch engineers at work restoring and maintaining various different trains. You can also watch trains depart and arrive from the outdoors balcony into York station which is literally across the way from the museum. 

The Warehouse: This section of the museum is filled to the brim with thousands of different train artifacts from various different aspects of railway history. You will also find the Flying Scotsman exhibit in this area, which tells the story of the nation's favourite steam engine. 


Learning Platform: Here you can listen to various different talks and participate in workshops explaining the history of Britain's trains and railways. (Weekends and School Holidays Only) 


Search Engine: A place to explore further the history of rail transport, through the extensive library and archives that the museum has to offer. 


Gift Shop: Like all museum's and attractions, here you can purchase mementos of your trip and anything train related. 








Other sights of York we visited: 


York Minster 

The Imaginarium 

Stonegate's Original Teddy Bear Shop

For more information on The National Train Museum - York, click here

Have you ever visited here, and if so what did you think? Let me know in the comments, 

Love, 





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