It was my birthday this week, so with the kids on summer holidays I decided to take the day off and planned a surprise day out to the National Railway Museum in York. All the kids are fanatical about trains so I knew it would be a hit!

So we got up early, jumped on the train and headed up to York. The museum is actually sign-posted from inside York station and it's just a couple of minutes walk away. There are a number of steps though, so if you're armed with a pushchair make sure you've got enough people to carry it!

Entrance to the museum is free although they recommend a donation of £3 per person. Once inside you'll find a whole host of restored engines and royal carriages, some of which you can climb aboard and look around. It's amazing to see such grand old beasts, even for us big kids :-) 

There is a lovely cafe which serves excellent food, an outdoor play area and you can take a ride on a replica Stephenson's Rocket train. There's also educational stuff at the Learning Platform.

Outside the station there is a road train which for a couple of pounds will take you right into the city centre, dropping you off by York Minster.

The boys (aged 3, 6 and 8) had a whale of a time, and although there was less to do for Maddie-moo-moo (aged 18 months) she was quite happy running around with dolly :-)

Need to know

  • What? The National Railway Museum
  • Where? York
  • Weather-proof? Yes. Some stuff is outdoors, but there is more than enough to see indoors
  • Baby change? Yes, lovely facilities
  • Kids food? Yes, nice food and good value.
  • Cost? Free entrance although they recommend a donation of £3 per person. The steam train ride is £2 per person.
  • Top tip? Add more trains to your day by getting there by train too!

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