Six National Museums in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the largest county of Northern England and full of National Heritage sites, cultural history, natural beauty and incredible outdoors.

Yorkshire is a prefect destination for day trips and you find something to do for all interests – castle explorers, cyclist, mountain rangers and shoppers.

It is home to the Yorkshire Pudding, Yorkshire tea, the famous little dog’ the Yorkshire Terrier’, Jessica Ennis and even Guy Fawkes was born in York. We are sure, there’s plenty more to mention, but why not check out one of the many museums in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire is home to 6 National Museums – for kids, with trains, about fishing, for warfare displays, for media and mining. Below is a list of the museums in the area that you can visit whilst staying with us at Days Inn Wetherby.

Royal Armouries

Opened in 1996, the Royal Armouries is a museum of arms and armour which includes artillery just at the Leeds Dock, a short walk from Leeds City centre. The museum is the largest national collection on warfare objects and covers themes such as tournament, self-defence, hunting and peace elements.

It is not only a museum for guns and weapons, but rather aims to educate the visitor on warfare and sees its display as a duty of care to inform future generations.

Perfect for: Older kids from 5 years or those who take history as GCSE’s

Costs: FREE Admission

Location: Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

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National Railway Museum

The National Railway museum covers 300 years of railway history. The collection includes locomotives, engines, artwork, interior displays and anything and everything that made Britain run over the centuries. In October from the 28-31ST you can even see the Locomotives in the dark! The collection in the Great Hall will be lit up as part of the Illuminating York project.

Perfect for: Children of any age, there is a kids area

Costs: FREE Admission

Location: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

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National Media Museum

The National Media Museum is located in the heart of Bradford and covers a number of communication platforms – from television to photography, gaming and animation. The museum is split over 7 floors, with 2 floors being used for changing exhibitions and displays. Interactive displays,  light demonstrations and sound effects give the visitor plenty reason to spend a couple of hours here.

The museum also hosts a variety of cinemas; you will find an IMAX, the Pictureville Cinema and the Chubby Broccoli Cinema.

Perfect for:  kids from 5+

Costs: FREE Admission

Location: National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ

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National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum is a great combination of hands on insights in the day to day work- lives of a miner and a remarkable opportunity to go 140 meters underground wearing hard hats and a head torch. Plan at least 3hrs for a full visit and don’t forget your coat as its chilly underground.

Onsite activities include underground tours and a furnace shaft (you need to be over 5 to go underground), a nature trail, meet the ponies and 45acre of land to explore.

Perfect for: Kids of all ages

Costs: FREE Admission

Location: National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH

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Eureka! Children’s Museum

The Children’s museum in Halifax is the only national museum especially dedicated to all things fun, learning, adventure and discovery.

The museum is based on an educational charity organisation and runs under the motto ‘Where kids play to learn and adults learn to play’. Visit the interactive hands-on learning experiences, regular themed events, workshops and activities for kids, schools and grown-ups – it’s fun all year around!

Perfect for: Kids ages from 0-11 years and grown-ups

Costs: FREE Admission

Location: Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE

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National Fishing Heritage Museum

The National Fishing museum is an interactive centre exploring the lives of 1950’s Fishermen. Expect a real trawler, guided tours and a café on site. Test your skills on a real moving deck and dress the part as real fishermen or apprentice – experience what the world’s toughest job feels like.

Perfect for: all ages

Costs: FREE Admission

Location:  National Fishing Heritage Museum, Alexandra Rd, Grimsby DN31 1UZ

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