From steam and diesel train adventures to interactive activities, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s school packages invite pupils to experience the magic of the heritage railway line.

Pupils enjoying a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Source: Charlotte Graham

Students can enjoy free educational workshops at the NYMR.

The free, cross-curricular workshops are designed to ignite curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of railway heritage and wider social history.

Led by experienced staff and volunteers at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), students can delve into steam engine mechanics, Victorian life along the railway, and the impact of railways on local communities.

Through hands-on activities, immersive demonstrations and guided tours, it’s said that students will engage with artefacts and stories from the past, bringing history to life.

Whether visitors are studying history, science, or design and technology, the workshops are suitable for students from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Key Stage 2.

What’s new?

There are new KS1 and EYFS workshops including Sensational Stations where pupils use their senses to explore different parts of the station, or the Just the Ticket Station Trail at Pickering Station, where groups tour the site collecting a letter to reveal the anagram, while learning facts along the way.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Source: Michelle Baggaley

Uncover the history and heritage associated with the heritage railway line.

To enhance a school’s learning experience, the pre-visit activity pack features engaging resources to spark curiosity and encourage meaningful discussions before and after the visit.

It introduces students to the history and heritage of the railway, setting the stage for a multi-sensory learning experience when they arrive. Under 16s travel for free along the heritage railway line, which can also be paired with a complimentary workshop.

Teachers can also make use of free familiarisation visits plus all workshops are adaptable to ensure students’ individual needs are met.

The continued enhancements of the NYMR’s educational offering is one of the many ongoing initiatives as part of its Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project, financially backed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To discuss your requirements or find out more, you can get in touch with the learning and interpretation officer at More information is also available at