Image courtesy of The National Railway Museum
Not only is the National Railway Museum home to the national collection of more than 300 rail vehicles (including some of the world’s most infamous locomotives), but it’s one of those attractions that’ll keep the whole family fascinated for hours.
Hop aboard the collection of royal carriages, from the palace on wheels that Queen Victoria enjoyed to the opulent smoking saloon that once belonged to King Edward VII. Queen Victoria’s carriage is one of the most popular in the museum’s collection, and you’ll be welcome aboard to spend a few minutes imagining how it felt to travel like a queen. And then there are the stories that bring the train carriages to life, like how Queen Victoria refused to travel above 40mph because she thought it was dangerous…!
Another favourite is The Duchess of Hamilton, an Art Deco train built in 1938 that sent waves around the world of design when it chugged its way onto the scene. The Duchess was going to be scrapped at one point, but luckily, Billy Butlin started a campaign to save it (for his holiday parks), and she ended up safely in the museum. The biggest railway museum in the whole of the UK, the attraction holds regular events and exhibitions during school holidays, and there’s a brand new miniature railway ride for those of you who fancy a jaunt in miniature before you leave.