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The National Railway Museum is one of York’s most unique settings! Whether you’re planning a large, lavish celebration or a bespoke intimate affair the museum offers a regal and striking backdrop for your big day.

Having been awarded 'Wedding Venue of the Year' by the Visit York Tourism Awards in 2018 and Highly Commended for City Venue at The National Wedding Awards 2019, you and your guests can enjoy some of the most iconic collection items on display highlighting the golden age of railway travel and history.

Our renowned Station Hall with its outstanding Royal Platforms, showcasing the original fleet of Royal carriages, is the perfect setting for the most romantic of ceremonies. Following your ceremony your party can enjoy the most exquisite food prepared by our dedicated, award-winning chefs on our impressive central platform with its striking Edwardian carriage backdrop. Able to accommodate intimate occasions for 12 or the grandest of celebrations for up to 500 guests, the museum transforms following your wedding breakfast to provide the classiest setting for your evening entertainment to unfold.

The museum is home to over 300 years’ worth of rail history and has over a million objects on display throughout, so whether you are a fan of the golden age of locomotion, or simply want a stunning venue with a difference for your special day, please get in touch with our dedicated Wedding Team who are happy to make your special day a reality.

  • Unique venue in York
  • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies
  • Stunning backdrops for your photos
  • Perfect for both intimate and grand celebrations for up to 500 guests
  • Dedicated wedding executive to help tailor your day
  • Wedding packages available
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the city

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for National Railway Museum

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Louise Sent on 10/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We both wanted to say thank you to you & the team

I know you asked for feedback from us about the wedding and the lead up. We both wanted to say thank you to you and the team. The day ran seamlessly and we really appreciate the work you put in to making our day as special as it was.

The venue looked fantastic on the day and we couldn’t have asked for any better.
Anonymous Sent on 10/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Saturday exceeded our wildest dreams!

Hi Hannah

We just wanted to say that Saturday exceeded our wildest dreams! It was amazing!

The food was exceptional, the venue was beautifully presented and everything came together fabulously. Our guests were absolutely flabbergasted with the whole event!

You did an amazing job, so please convey our thanks to all the team at the NRM.

If we have left anything behind then please let us know, also if you find any wedding cards please drop me a text and I may be able to get someone to pick them up.

Thanks again, you made Mr and Mrs Ridgway very happy

Rebecca Sent on 14/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thanks so much

Thanks so much for everything, the day really was everything we wanted and more. You and the rest of the staff are just brilliant.
Rebecca Sent on 14/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Again thank you

I just wanted to drop a quick email to thank you and your team for an amazing evening on Saturday. So many people complimented the evening, how great everything looked and the food and the way the food was serviced!!

Again thank you!
Nick Sent on 14/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We are both incredibly grateful

Over the year Helen demonstrated a real attention to detail and in the weeks leading up to the day itself we realised how essential this was. The running order for the day was comprehensive and gave us great confidence in how our day would work.
David's (catering) friendly and accommodating approach was second to none. He met with us on a few occasions and helped us design a more bespoke menu and drinks package. He was a very reassuring presence and gave us confidence that the day would run professionally, and we were not disappointed.
All our guests had a fantastic time. We have had many rave reviews about the venue, the food and how the whole event was run in a seamless manner! The food was commented on by many of our guests who felt it was exceptional.
Undoubtedly one of the contributing factors to us having a wonderful wedding and celebration was the entire team at the NRM. We are both incredibly grateful for a job very well done.
Olga Sent on 14/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thanks again

Thanks again for all of you and your teams work. If you need a reference just let us know. Everyone who was there has had nothing but positive words about the ceremony, party and the fantastic location.
Best regards Mr & Mrs Crome
Anne Sent on 22/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A unique venue

The hall looked great with all the lights and our extra decorations and of course the flowers. Everyone has said they enjoyed it and it was a unique venue.
Katie Sent on 22/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

It was wonderful

Hannah and Sophie did a fantastic job of helping us plan each moment of the day (despite an 8-hour time difference to Canada!) and were very accommodating with our requests. They did a great job liaising with our band and DJ which made things easy for us. All of our friends have remarked on how much they loved the venue because it was so unexpectedly different and looked incredible - not many people can say they got married in a museum! The catering was fantastic, we loved that the food incorporated a lot of local ingredients and the late night fish and chips were a big hit! We had an absolutely spectacular day and are grateful to all of the staff at the NRM who made it all come together.
Roberta Sent on 22/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The wedding was wonderful

Everything ran really smoothly and your coordination during the planning and the day was fantastic. We felt the ceremony was perfect.
Christian Sent on 22/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for the incredible job that you did

You all really pulled out the stops. We had the best night and so many people have commented that it was the best venue they've ever been to for a wedding.
Christine Sent on 10/07/2013
5 out of 5 rating

Saturday was just perfect from start to finish

Good morning Karen, I really do not know where to begin .......

Saturday was just perfect from start to finish, Kate & Matt just glowed the whole time. First of all a huge thank-you to you & your staff for organising everything in such a professional manner. From our first meeting with you, we all had complete faith in you and we were not disappointed.

Also, please pass on our thanks to Tim & Richard & all of their staff who created & served such magnificent food. Each & every one of our guests commented on the standard of the food, the service & the numbers of staff you had working which all contributed to an extremely enjoyable meal.

When we came back to the Museum on Sunday morning we were surprised to see how many members of staff were back on duty - you obviously have a committed workforce. Thanks to Paul who was extremely helpful in sorting out the things that Alan & I were taking home with us.

If I have missed anyone out, I do apologise but pass on out sincere thanks to everyone who was involved.

We would have no hesitation in recommending the NRM as a wedding venue in the future.

Kind regards

Chris & Alan
Adi Sent on 08/07/2013
5 out of 5 rating

It looked stunning & was everything we'd hoped for

We just wanted to let you know how appreciative we are for everything you did for us in the run up to and on our special day!

Everything was beautiful and your attention to detail was immense. It was everything we had hoped for and everything looked stunning.

The entire wedding from the ceremony through to the meal was admired by everyone and everyone raved about the food which tasted delicious.

We were very impressed with how you so professionally handled everything and could not have been more delighted with what you did for us.

Thanks again

Adi & Lee Hewitt
Rebecca Sent on 08/07/2013
5 out of 5 rating

Faultless...the venue & staff were amazing

Firstly thank you so much for all your help in arranging our wedding celebration and for the excellent organisation on the night.

We thought the venue perfect and all the staff excellent

Please pass on our thanks to chef. We have had excellent feedback on the food. It was all delicious, beautifully presented and piping hot. Not an easy feat.

Also the man who was overseeing the serving staff was excellent and it was noted by us how efficiently he went about his job. Please pass on our thanks.

Thanks once again, we would certainly choose the NRM as a venue again.

Mr and Mrs Steele!
Rob Sent on 28/10/2003
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Exceptional service. A brilliant and unique venue.

I attended a wedding here and everything went so smoothly. The staff were excellent, the venue was so different it gave the day a real wow factor and the food was great too!
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