You may have read about our weekend in York during the Grand Depart in July 2014, while the men spent their day watching the cycling, my mum and I took my eldest son to the National Railway Museum for the day.
We set off from our hotel and walked towards the city centre. We didn’t really know where we were going but we had decided if we walked towards York Minister then we could see some of the sights first.
National Railway Museum York
Eventually we got to York Minister and seen there was a train that would take us to the museum. We waited a good half an hour before a lady cycled up saying the train had a puncture and wouldn’t be running. She gave us directions and we set off again towards the museum. Talk about sore feet and our day had only just begun!
Upon arrival at the National Railway Museum York we were asked for a donation or we could buy a guide book. We decided to get my son an activity book. The museum is free to get into which makes it a great day out in my opinion. We made our way into the main hall and that’s when we realized just how big the museum was.
My son’s eyes lit up with the amount of trains that were there. He ran around shouting “there’s Thomas, there’s Edward…that’s Stephen!” We took his picture with pretty much every train in there. We set about making our way round the buildings, checking out the trains and even watched the turn table move. There are many areas to the museum. Some areas my son wasn’t too interested in but for the older child they may like these areas. Your feet will hurt by the end of all the exploring!
Food & Drinks
We went to the main cafe in the great hall for lunch, as per normal at any tourist attraction the food was pretty expensive so might be best to bring a picnic along if you don’t want a big bill for lunch.
After lunch we looked around a bit more and we also tried out the miniature train outside. You have to buy a ticket before you go on from the little machine. Again expensive for how long you get…which isn’t very long! There is also a play area outside for the kids to play on which is a good place to get them to let off some steam (no pun intended)
Overall this is a fantastic place for kids and big kids (aka grown ups) that love trains. Entry is free which is just great especially when some places can cost so much to get into. If you don’t want the expense of lunch then take a picnic with you.
* Reviews are our own opinion. We haven’t been paid in anyway for writing this.
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