We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Railway Museum

Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka
Save
Review Highlights
Chased away by a security guard!

We walked in the rain from the botanical gardens to Peradeniya station to catch a (delayed) train... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
BenyLyn
via mobile
Worst museum visit ever

In the ticket counter there was a staff sitting to give tickets.. and he was the only person who... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Suhail A
via mobile
Read all 16 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good12%
  • Average32%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible25%
Travellers talk about
“instruments” (2 reviews)
“diesel” (2 reviews)
“equipment” (4 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
LOCATION
Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
Reviews (16)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 16 reviews

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We walked in the rain from the botanical gardens to Peradeniya station to catch a (delayed) train to Kadugannawa to visit the railway museum. Before visiting the museum we tried to buy train tickets back to Kandy from the station, and the helpful chap in...More

Thank BenyLyn
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

In the ticket counter there was a staff sitting to give tickets.. and he was the only person who was doing a work in that place. No other staff were even bothered that visitors are there and nobody was interested in explaining things or assisting...More

Thank Suhail A
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Ok you probably have to be either: a train freak or a kid who likes to pull levers, rotate dials, climb all over train engines, play with cranes, tap Morse code or just love things mechanical. I'm neither but it is a cool place. There...More

Thank Jeffrey W
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Worth visit to see the history of train service and used equipments in sri lanka....however other than the TV show none of staff available to clarify anything...management of railway should concerned more to improve (not the appearence but service) this place to become helpful site...More

Thank Malith D
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Opened recently best place yo visit regarding railway. Many old locomotives and signalling equipment like tablet instrument and Mose code system can operated by visitors here. Also mechanical signals can be operated using levers by visitors.

Thank Jayasundara D
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Planned to go inside, but first made pics from the outside. A very unfriendly and rude guard asked me for my ticket and forcered me inside. I paid the 500rps, but inside was absolutely nothing of any interest. My advise: take some pics from the...More

Thank onnotsas
Reviewed 27 February 2016

Probably pretty dull to the non-believer, but those of us with railway obsessives in our families live for hidden gems like this place. It was brilliant. Several old steam and diesel locomotives you can climb all over, a huge layout in the hall, lots of...More

1  Thank LindsayGii
Reviewed 24 November 2015

Another venue is Sri Lanka where racial discrimination is practised by charging Foreigners an entrance price ten times more than locals. I am a railway buff but I am not prepared to go along with such a blatantly discriminatory policy. From what I could see...More

2  Thank 705barryt
Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

This a good place see how the railway system started by Englishman in old days. You will be able to see very first diesel locomotive used and the instruments used during early stage

1  Thank Prof Kamal V
Reviewed 1 September 2015

The Railway Museum at Kadugannawa takes us to the early years of the railway in Sri Lanka. Old railway engines, compartments, and the equipment used. Some of the very interesting equipment is the communication system and with the Tyer's tablet system, which is still in...More

Thank saadhu
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from National Railway Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit