|National Railway Museum|
|York's modern history is inextricably linked with the development of the railways in the 19th century. |
The railway first reached York in 1839 and, with its strategic position as a halfway point between London and Edinburgh, York naturally became an important rail town.
Following on from its railway heritage, York is now home to the National Railway Museum located on Leeman Road. Covering nearly 2 acres, this is the biggest railway museum in the world, and many say that it is also the best.
The museum's collection includes a vast array of locomotives and carriages, the most famous one being the Mallard locomotive which still holds the world speed record for a steam engine.
But there is also a passenger carriage from the 1830s, Queen Victoria's Royal Saloon and the Agenoria engine which dates from 1829. There is also a giant turntable, which you can often see in action.
The real beauty of this museum is that instead of being a static display of engines you can really get in amongst the exhibits, view the engines up close and step inside the carriages.
And as well as the actual trains, there are also of course some excellent exhibitions about the engineering behind them and the history of Britain's railways. And there are some high-tech interactive exhibitions.
Old train enthusiasts will of course love this museum, however it is also particularly appealing to children.
The National Railway Museum is situated in the west of the city, just around the corner from the train station. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Entry costs around £6.50 for adults.
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