I’ve been before when I was younger but never as an adult so didn’t really know what to expect, apart from a lot of trains. For those of you that don’t know it is located really close to the station in York so you can either get the train there or you can drive as they have their own car park too. The car park is £9 but you have until 6:30pm so you could go for a look around the museum which is free and then go into York itself on their little shuttle train thing, much cheaper than parking in York itself. The museum is open from 10am-6pm every day, apart from the 24th, 25th and 26th December.
The food isn’t cheap, I’d say it’s priced as you’d expect in a free museum, but it was worth the money. Rhianna & Luca had macaroni cheese which was served in cute little individual enamel dishes and my mum and Ant had homemade sausage rolls. All were demolished fairly quickly and everyone said it was delicious. We finished it all off with a cookie and a cuppa.
My mum was absolutely in her element as her Dad (my Papa) was a train engineer so she knows pretty much all there is to know about trains. He fixed the Mallard a few times and also worked on the Flying Scotsman. One of my mums proudest moments was when she helped to drive the Flying Scotsman when she was at work with my Papa one day. Unfortunately that wasn’t there the day we went as it is currently being repaired.
I thought about my Papa the whole way round the museum, he loved his job and this clearly rubbed off on my mum, but I wish he could have been there to see his Great Granddaughter as she also loves trains and listened to everything my mum could tell her about them. He would have been so proud of them both.
As we got there late in the day we did miss out on lots of the activities they had on offer. During the school holidays it is definitely somewhere that you could spend the whole day. Even if you went on a normal day you could spend the whole day in York. Park in the car park, wander around the museum and take the shuttle train into York as I mentioned above, there is so much to do in York you’d be hard pushed to find yourself at a loose end.