Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. The building has now been lovingly restored and decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.
Don’t miss Barley Hall’s newest exhibition, Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII, where visitors can discover the archaeology, first-hand accounts of life in the city and the effects that this greatest of Tudor monarchs had on life in York during his thirty-eight year reign.
With Max Card – Free admission.
Bolton Castle was a luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress and, despite being partially ‘slighted’ by Cromwell’s’ men during the Civil War siege, the Castle is preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover including the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery, Armory, Great Chamber and Mary Queen of Scots’ bedroom. About one third of the rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible giving visitors great insight into its turbulent past.
We give our visitors a taste of what life was really like during the Castle’s heyday through providing the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of life in the past!
Visitors often comment on the incredible atmosphere of the Castle with many of the rooms giving the feeling that their inhabitants had just walked out.
With Max Card – Kids go free with a full paying adult.
Captain James Cook (1728-1779):
Celebrated North Country Navigator
Discover the story of Captain James Cook through the outstanding collections of the British Library linked with material held in institutions such as the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in the North East of England
Cook was born in 1728 in Marton, now a suburb of Middlesbrough, and is probably the most famous maritime explorer of the 18th century. His exploits in Canada and North West America, the islands of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia and his incursions into waters of the Arctic and Antarctic are well recorded, particularly through the journals, logs and pictures which were made during the voyages and today preserved in museums, libraries and archives throughout the world.
Find out how, since his death in 1779, Cook has been celebrated in the towns and villages of his native North East of England where there are survivals of his times in ‘Captain Cook Country’.
With Max Card – One free child per full paying adult.
Generations of the Howard family have welcomed visitors to Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic houses, for over 300 years and today we extend this warm welcome to you.
Castle Howard is very much a family home, and it is our pleasure to share this magical place with you. We hope you will enjoy your day with us, and take your time to explore every corner of these glorious gardens, the unique and theatrical architecture of the house, the fine art collections and our family memorabilia and stories.
Your support is greatly appreciated: income generated goes directly towards the maintenance and restoration of the house and grounds, securing it for future generations of visitors to enjoy.
With Max Card – Disabled children with their carers go free.
Earth in Space
This unusual gallery unashamedly sets out to visually excite the visitor. Containing a full size dinosaur model, human skulls, a mineral mine, audio-visual presentation and large display objects around a spaceship-like table under a starry sky it also has a serious purpose.
The gallery attempts to weld a number of seemingly disparate themes together to make us think about our place in the universe.
Interpretative themes explored include the origin of the universe, the formation of planet Earth; comets, asteroids and meteorites; rocks & minerals; evolution & extinction; geological time; and local geology.
Of particular interest are displays of extinct life, local fossils, rocks and minerals from around the world, one of the largest Ichthyosaur heads ever found and a set of meteorite slices including a piece of rock thought to come from Mars!
H2O is a discovery gallery where visitors are encouraged to interact with objects, equipment and live specimens all connected in some way to the theme of water.Examine sea life under a microscope. Watch a video of life on a coral reef or offshore at Redcar. Pump up the bubble machine and create your own shining silver bubbles. Try to beat the water pressure pipe. Water the plants using an Archimedes Screw. Try to name all the objects and specimens on display. Create electricity with the water wheel or try to load the ship without tipping it over.
These are just some of the activities available within H2O.
But watch out for the Blue Shark!
With Max Card – 10% discount in the gift shop.
Eden Camp is a family owned and run business that started over 30 years ago.
Since Stan Johnson opened Eden Camp in 1987, in the buildings and grounds of an original World War Two Prisoner of War Camp, a unique historical site has been given new life by developing the museum into an award-winning attraction for all the family, that is both entertaining and educational.
Through close collaboration with veterans groups we’ve created immersive displays that cover both social and military history and our archive has grown into a resource of national historical importance.
We’ve made significant improvements to the original site over time, with recent complete refurbishments of our café and gift shop and much more planned over the coming years.
With Max Card – One child goes free per full paying adult.