English summer weather can be changeable, so.. on a day trip to York we took an early stop at the National railway Museum. York operates a very timely carpark/bus service that allows parking outside the city, and travel into the city centre via articulated bus. The fares are very reasonable and the buses modern and clean (sit back and enjoy the views !). Luckily, there is a stop directly outside the museum entrance, and while donations are welcomed, there is no entrance fee.
There are two large halls and good facilities within the museum, and the range of steam and modern rolling stock is very impressive - from ancient small steam engines, through to Mallard, the Japanese bullet train and the Channel Tunnel loco's. All are immaculately presented and most open for viewing. This must be a railway enthusiasts dream ! Well worth a visit, but give yourself about half a day to view - its big !!