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National Railway Museum named most visited attraction in Yorkshire

It has been announced that the National Railway Museum in York is currently the most popular attraction in Yorkshire.

According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, the museum saw around 824,000 visitors in 2018 – a 14.9% increase in numbers when compared to 2017 figures.

This reportedly places the venue 50th on the UK’s most popular attractions out of a total of 249 other locations in the ranks.

‘We work hard to listen to our visitors’

“The latest figures reflect a busy year which saw the roll out of our new brand as well as the high profile visit of Tim Peake’s spacecraft and our successful Future Engineers programme in October”, says Jim Lowe, who is Head of Operations at the museum.

We also work hard to listen to our visitors and to give everyone an enjoyable experience, whether they’re visiting as families, adults or as part of an international group.”

Credit: National Railway Museum

‘Visitors continue to be inspired’

Opened to the public in 1975, the museum was fashioned from the derelict York North depot and still retains some original features today.

It houses a wide variety of exhibits and engines from different periods in time.

It has also played host to world-famous steam engine, ‘Flying Scotsman’ which may have helped contribute to a rise in visitor numbers since its return in 2016.

“Visitors continue to be inspired by our established favourites such as record-breaking Mallard and our collection of royal carriages and we remain free to enter”, states Lowe.

‘Flying Scotsman’ will be returning to museum between 18th April-2nd May where it will be on display to the public.