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Playing Trains at the National Railway Museum

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.

Playing Trains NRM

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.

Playing Trains NRM

Playing Trains NRM

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?

mini train set

Playing Trains NRM

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.

Sam Usher Playing Trains NRM

Sam Usher Playing Trains NRM

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.

Sam Usher Playing Trains NRM

Sam Usher Playing Trains NRM

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 genuinely 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. 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    That’s worth knowing as we are going at the end of the month. Monkey will love it I’m sure.

    03/08/2015 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Donna

    This looks like such a great place to visit and he looks like he had a great time! x

    04/08/2015 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life

    I have never visited the Railway museum before even though I visit York every year. I really must take my toddler as I bet she would love it as she is train crazy at the moment xx

    05/08/2015 at 10:07 pm
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