A selection of small local and larger national museums within day trip distance of any of our cottages. York is well blest with international standard museums the Railway and Castle Museums are fantastic and well worth a visit. At the local level both the the Ryedale Folk Museum and the Beck Isle are very good.
Ryedale Folk Museum
There’s lots to see at Ryedale Folk Museum. With a six acre site and twenty buildings to explore, most visitors spend two hours looking around, and some a lot longer. You can wander through our site, taking in our pretty cottage gardens, traditional cornfield, atmospheric historic and find out how people have lived, worked and played in our area since pre-history.
National Railway Museum
Immerse yourself in the home of iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance at the National Railway Museum
Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington
Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, such as the restored Control Tower, Air Gunners Room, Archives, Airborne Forces Display, Squadron Memorial Rooms and Gardens, which have been awarded a Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Gilt certificate, and much more.
Castle Museum York
York Castle Museum is named after the wooden castle built by William the Conqueror in 1068 today all that remains of the castle is Clifford’s Tower, this is the castle keep from a later castle built by Henry III between 1245 and 1258.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby
This handsome 17 century harbourside house is where the great explorer, James Cook, came to serve his apprenticeship in Whitby in the year 1746. It belonged to Cook’s master, the Quaker ship owner, Captain John Walker. When the young Cook was not at sea, he lodged here in the attic with Walker’s ‘other family’ of apprentices.
Beck Isle Museum, Pickering
The Beck Isle Museum is housed in a handsome Regency residence near the centre of Pickering, adjacent to the Pickering Beck, a stream that flows under a four arched road bridge. One arch of this bridge (originally much narrower) is reputedly of medieval origin.