Weddings and private events

Steam, whistles and church bells

Whether you're looking for an intimate setting for a small gathering or a venue that can accommodate hundreds of guests, the National Railway Museum is an impressive option.


The journey into marriage is the most important one you'll ever make. Here at the events team, we'll pull out all the stops to make sure it's as smooth a journey as possible. Every wedding at our unique venue can be individually tailored to meet your needs, and we'll be there with support and advice every step of the way.

Whichever format you choose in our stunning range of galleries, you can be sure that we're dedicated to creating a special day for you - and it's always foremost in our minds that it's your special day.

To download our latest wedding brochure, click here.

Civil ceremonies

The museum holds a civil ceremony licence, so you can hold your wedding ceremony within the spectacular surroundings of the museum with up to 200 guests.

A number of special venues are available within the museum for the wedding ceremony – the most popular being alongside Queen Victoria's carriage in the Royal Gallery.


Precise and careful planning with the events team will ensure a perfect day. We have a selection of wedding packages which can be tailored to suit your needs – and we're happy to recommend many additional services.

There are various areas in the museum that are ideal for photographs: for example, the magnificent setting at Euston Gates in the Great Hall enables guests to gather for drinks and possibly canapés, whatever the weather.

Your wedding guests can dine on the stunning central platform of Station Hall among carriages and locomotives set against an Edwardian era backdrop.

Receptions are available for up to 500 guests.

Private events

Wow your family and friends and celebrate in style by holding your next special party at the world's largest railway museum. Bespoke packages can be devised for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements or going-away parties.

From intimate dinners and receptions aboard our luxurious Pullman-style carriage The Countess of York to large-scale parties, we're the ultimate event for your next special occasion.

Road Train private hire

Perfect for those special occasions, weddings and anniversaries. The route runs between the museum and York Minster. Ask us for full details.

Contact us

For further information or to arrange an appointment to view our facilities, call 01904 686 226 or email

Download our venue hire brochure

Wedding photos: Ping Pix Photography York; Fiona Hogg Floral Design; Brides of York; York Hire Wear

Background: BR Horse Box