Museums – December 2023
Please mention Thirsk Tourist Information when you make contact
Many attractions have seasonal opening. Please check the opening times before travelling.
Barnard CastleThe Bowes Museum Barnard Castle DL12 8NP. Tel 01833 690606
Children welcome. Family activities and exhibitions. Accessible. An accessible entrance is on the east end of the building There are several routes or pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility and for wheelchair users. Dogs welcome with conditions.
Beamish, Co. DurhamBeamish Museum Beamish, Co. Durham DH9 0RG. Tel 0191 370 4000
Children welcome. A very hands-on museum with family friendly exhibits and activities. Children of all ages enjoy the museum. Accessible. There are a variety of authentic ground surfaces, some of which are uneven with steep slopes in places, and some buildings and exhibits have stepped access. The Accessible Bus, with a rear tail lift, is available for visitors who need it. If a disabled visitor needs a companion or carer this person is admitted free. Visitors can use personal motorised scooters to help them get around the museum. Dogs welcome with conditions.
DarlingtonHead of Steam Museum North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST. Tel 01325 405060
Children welcome. Play room, craft activities,interactive exhibitions Accessible. Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
HalifaxEureka! The National Children's Museum Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE. Tel 01422 330069
Children welcome. Special events, see website for details. Accessible. Fully accessible, accessible toilets. Free bookable extra pair of hands to help with visit. Dogs welcome with conditions.
HarrogateNidderdale Museum Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5LE. Tel 01423 711225
Children welcome. Normally there are question sheets in each room and a simple quiz. Accessible. Stair lift, disabled toilet
HartlepoolHeugh Battery Museum Moor Terrace, The Headland, Hartlepool TS24 0PS. Tel 01429 270746
Accessible. Parts of the site are not accessible as there are steps to the Battery Command Post and Magazine areas. Café is accessible by ramp, accessible toilet available on site. Wheelchairs available. Dogs welcome with conditions.
HawesDales Countryside Museum Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT. Tel 01969 666210
Children welcome. Hands on fun and explorer packs for children throughout the Museum, outdoor trail, 'creation station' and interactive displays in the railway carriages. Accessible. Pushchair and wheelchair friendly site with hearing loop.
KeighleyBrontë Parsonage Museum Church Street, Haworth, Keighley BD22 8DR. Tel 01535 642323
Children welcome. Children's guidebook, interactives & activity area. Accessible. Access is limited, please call ahead for advice
LeedsRoyal Armouries Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel 08700 344344
Children welcome. Live performances. Combat demonstrations. Collection handling sessions, talks and tours. Crossbow shooting gallery. School holiday activities, special exhibitions. Conferences & study days. Accessible. Fully accessible, accessible toilets. Assistance dogs welcome
MaltonEden Camp Modern History Museum Malton YO17 6RT. Tel 01653 697777
Children welcome. WW2 reconstructed camp, Children's play area/Assault course. Free wartime-themed puppet show. Accessible. Fully accessible in all areas. Manual wheelchairs, and braille sheets can be borrowed free of charge. Dogs welcome with conditions.
MiddlesbroughCaptain Cook Birthplace Museum Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8AT. Tel 01642 311211 / 813781
Accessible. Fully accessible Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum 101 High Street, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6NB.
Children welcome. Including school parties. Interactive displays, play corner. Accessible. Fully accessible; lift to 1st floor.
PickeringBeck Isle Museum Bridge St, Pickering YO18 8DU. Tel 01751 473653
Children welcome. Activities, children's events, outdoor area. Accessible. Partly, not 1st floor. Disabled toilet.
RedcarWinkies Castle Museum 162 High Street, Marske-by-the Sea, Redcar TS11 7NB. Tel 01642 775086
Children welcome. Activities for children. Accessible. Not suitable for wheelchairs Dogs welcome with conditions.
RichmondRichmondshire Museum Ryders Wynd, Richmond DL10 4JA. Tel 01748 825611
Children welcome. Experience life in Victorian Richmond through dressing-up, playing shop. Sight, sounds, smells. Toy gallery & play area. Accessible. Fully accessible Dogs welcome with conditions. Swaledale Museum The Green, Reeth, Richmond DL11 6TX.
Children welcome. Accompanied children 12 and under Free, trails, hands-on exhibits, mystery objects Dogs welcome with conditions. The Georgian Theatre Experience Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond DL10 4DW. Tel 01748 823710
Children welcome. Family trails Accessible. Lifts and ramps to access most parts of the building. Please let the tour guide know of any assistance you might need. The Green Howards Museum Trinity Church Square, Richmond DL10 4QN. Tel 01748 826561
Children welcome. Children under 10 get free admission Accessible. Totally accessible. Dogs welcome
RiponRipon Courthouse Museum Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS. Tel 01765 690799
Website http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk Ripon Museum trust Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE. Tel 01765 690799
Children welcome. Trails & some hands-on activities at all three sites. Events in school holidays. Accessible. Wheelchair and mobility scooter access. Access lift available to first floor, Accessible toilet. At courthouse limited access & no toilet. Ripon Prison & Police Museum Marygate, Ripon HG4 1LX. Tel 01765 690799
Children welcome. Interactive displays, prison uniforms to try on. Accessible. Accessible to most wheel chairs,an access lift is available accessible toilet. Dogs welcome with conditions. Ripon Workhouse Museum 75 Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE. Tel 01765 690799
SaltburnCIeveland Ironstone Museum Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn TS13 4AP. Tel 01287 642877
Children welcome. Interactive mining experience. Accessible. Wheelchair access to the tour Dogs welcome with conditions.
Shildon, Co. DurhamLocomotion Shildon, Co. Durham DL4 2RE. Tel 0330 058 0058
Children welcome. Accessible. fully wheelchair accessible, outdoor paths of up to 1km. Dogs welcome with conditions.
SkiptonCraven Museum & Gallery Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AH. Tel 01756 706397
Children welcome. Museum trails, feely boxes, hands-on interactives and audio-visual games. Accessible. Fully accessible museum with lift access to gallery. Disabled toilet, Changing Places toilet and hearing loop available.
Stockton-on-TeesPreston Park Museum & Grounds Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH. Tel 01642 527375
Children welcome. A range of family friendly events throughout the year including an annual Teddy Bears' Picnic, family crafts, trails and Father Christmas. Visit website for details. Accessible. The park has many accessible paths, however there are also a number of rough and uneven pathways which can be difficult to navigate, especially in wet conditions. The museum is wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Wheelchairs and walkers are available to use throughout your visit, please ask a member of staff if you require assistance. Please be aware that our gardens are accessed via a gravel path. Dogs welcome with conditions.
ThirskThe World of James Herriot Ltd 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL. Tel 01845 524234
Children welcome. Free Children's quizzes, interactive children's room.
Model Railway. Accessible. Full disabled facilities. except the cellar. Lift to first floor. Dogs welcome with conditions. Thirsk Museum 14-16 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PQ. Tel 01845 527707
Children welcome. There is much on open display to look at and handle. There will be walk-round quiz sheets for our Jubilee exhibition. Accessible. Ramped access to ground floor displays only.
WhitbyCaptain Cook Memorial Museum Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA. Tel 01947 601900
Children welcome. Family Fun. Follow a Museum Activity Trail. Display your own drawings (acitivity cards). Learn about Captain Cook and those who sailed with him from our volunteers. Join our workshops Accessible. Short ramps connect the differing levels of the street entrance, the courtyard and the ground floor rooms of the Museum. Wheelchair users are able to negotiate them. There are handrails where appropriate. The reception area doubles as a shop. Staff are happy to assist if requested. Stair access to the first floor is supplemented by a lift from reception which takes one wheelchair and carer at a time. There are two WCs in the museum, one of which is accessible. The DVD for the second floor and attic is on the ground floor through the Blue Room. Large print guides are available, as are detailed room by room guides in small print. We have translations of the latter in French, Dutch and Norwegian. Whitby Museum Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE. Tel 01947 602908
Children welcome. Toy section, play area outside Accessible. Fully accessible, wheelchair entry via rear door, accessible toilets.
YorkMicklegate Bar Mueum Micklegate, York YO1 6JX. Tel 01904 615505
Website http://richardiiiexperience.com National Railway Museum Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ. Tel 08448153139
Children welcome. miniature railway, playground, storytelling, science shows (weekends & school holidays) Accessible. Fully accessible, accessible toilets Ryedale Folk Museum Hutton-le-Hole, York YO62 6UA. Tel 01751 417367
Children welcome. School holiday activities are on offer, there is a year-round fun children's trail to follow and our animals (pigs, chickens and sheep) are always a hit with children. A new play area for younger visitors (under 5s) includes a play house in an original 'gypsy caravan' and a ride-on tractor zone. A construction/building activity room caters for children aged 6+. Accessible. Benches located regularly around the site. Free mobility scooters - pre-booking advised. Dogs welcome with conditions. York Castle Museum Eye of York, York YO1 9RY. Tel 01904 687687
Children welcome. Hands-on exhibits and activities, costumed staff, special events. Accessible. The ground floor, Victorian Street, York Castle Prison, The Sixties exhibition, 1914: When the World Changed Forever exhibition, cafe and the shop are accessible to wheelchair users and mobility scooters. One upper floor is not accessible. Disabled toilet. Free admission for disabled visitors and a carer. York Cold War Bunker Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT. Tel 01904 646940
Children welcome. Baby changing facilities Accessible. Access by wheelchair lift. No prams or mobility scooters. Yorkshire Museum Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR. Tel 01904 687687
Children welcome. Accessible. Museum and 10 acre gardens fully accessible. Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Park, Murton Lane, Murton, York YO19 5UF. Tel 01904 489966
Children welcome. Children's playground and activities. Animals on site for visitors to see (please note - not a petting farm). Accessible. Accessible toilet. Lift available to upper floor in main display building. Most of the site is accessible by wheelchair but much of the outdoor area is grass and gravel path. Dogs welcome with conditions.