At the start of last month we took Little Mr up to York for the weekend. We had done a bit of research about what was in the City and when we found out that the National Railway Museum was there we knew we had to take our train fanatic to have a look around.
As soon as we stepped foot into the museum, Little Mr was amazed. He loved seeing the old steam locomotives, the Royal carriages and even the Japanese bullet train. The museum is packed full of history all about trains and how much of England (and the rest of the world) depended on them many years ago.
Amongst the exhibition space is a child orientated gallery called Playing Trains which is absolutely brilliant. It’s a space that has combined fun, interactive trains with learning and it’s a real must see.
Where else can you pretend to be a train driver, stamp your own train ticket to the seaside, read a book and make new friends over a wooden train set?
The walls in the exhibition space is wonderfully decorated with illustrations from a very talented artist, Sam Usher. He has created really adorable characters all playing out little scenes, with trains of course. They are bright and colourful and really bring the space to life.
You can also buy some of the prints in the shop on the way out of the museum and we have a set of notecards to adorn Little Mr’s bedroom once it has been redecorated.
We had a really wonderful couple of hours in the exhibition and Little Mr really enjoyed it. A must see visit if you’re up in York with the children. The National Railway Museum is free to get in but donations are encouraged.
The Playing Trains exhibition is only on until the 5th September 2015 so I would encourage anyone who has yet to visit, plan a trip sharpish!
Disclaimer: We were sent the set of note card’s as a souvenir of our visit but we love the museum and thought readers with train obsessed little ones would love to visit before its too late! We can’t wait to go back and explore some more.