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.
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.
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.
St Saviour’s Church
What is DIG?
“One of the best family days out. No other experience gets you as close to the excitement of archaeological discovery.”
Kids can get hands on with history and actually touch finds from previous YAT digs, including pottery, bone and even antlers! You will discover what these artefacts tell us about the lives of people who used them.
With Max Card – Free entry
At the world famous and award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Between the years 1976-81 archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust, an independent educational charity, revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago.
These incredible discoveries enabled us to build JORVIK Viking Centre on the very site where the excavations had taken place, creating a groundbreaking visitor experience where you take a journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th century York.
With Max Card – Free Entry