We have visited the York National Railway Museum several times as a family, including taking our youngest as a baby and a toddler.
We find that you always need to allow more time than you think to see and do everything or focus on a section such as the Station Hall and then return and see the Great Hall on a subsequent trip.
We have been 3 times over the past 18 months and we still have more to cover. Repeat visits are also made easier by the fact that the museum is free of charge to enter.
You can if you wish choose to make a donation to the running of the museum in the collection boxes dotted around reception.
This large hall is where you will find the vintage trains from days gone by. Think Hogwarts, Royal trains and carriages. Nestled in the centre of the carriages is a reasonably sized cafe serving snacks and drinks. There is plenty of space on quieter days for families with young children to let off some steam running up and down the platform areas.
My older ones really enjoy visiting this hall as they get to sit in the Japanese bullet train, see the Eurostar, the turntable demo and if they have extra spending money there are simulators to try out. Mine are yet to do this, so I cannot comment on what they are like.
For families visiting the museum with toddlers and young children you can make the most of the Little Play Station. With a soft area, dress up and role play area as well as wooden train table play.
The great hall has a pretty large cafe right in the centre, so you can allow older children a little freedom under your watchful eye.
Adjacent to the great hall is a warehouse full of artefacts which may be of interest to any young budding train enthusiasts or young children who like to soak up all the history.