The world's largest railway museum is home to a staggering collection of restored locomotives, including the fastest steam engine of all time.
The ultimate destination for train lovers, the National Railway Museum, is home to some of history’s most iconic locomotives. Set in a vast converted steam train depot, its giant halls are crammed with over 100 lovingly restored rail vehicles, including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam train and a working replica of Stephenson’s world-changing Rocket.
Climb on board Queen Victoria’s opulent ‘Palace on Wheels’ or take a seat on the only Japanese bullet train outside of Japan. Watch engineers at work restoring the trains, pick through the world’s biggest collection of rail memorabilia and then refuel yourself in a Victorian-inspired dining car restaurant. For added excitement, the legendary locomotive, Flying Scotsman, will be returning to York’s mainline in 2016, following extensive restoration. The National Railway Museum is a short walk from the main train station, which is a 3 hour train journey north from London.
The winter is full of highlights as venues in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey host a variety of shows; musicals, comedies, plays and dramas with a real flavour of Christmas with wassailing and traditional pantomimes.
Location: North Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors