One of the greatest things about visiting Yorkshire is the stunning countryside, so if you find yourself exploring the North York Moors National Park, stop by the Ryedale Folk Museum and watch stories of the moors unfold in front of your eyes.
We asked Rosie from the Ryedale Folk Museum to reveal what visitors can expect: “Nestled in the beautiful moorland village of Hutton-le-Hole, Ryedale Folk Museum tells the story of life on the North York Moors across 4,000 years of history, set within a six-acre site. Visitors can explore 20 heritage buildings, including a typical Iron Age Roundhouse, a Medieval crofters' cottage, an Elizabethan Manor house and a Victorian thatched cottage and wash house. There are traditional workshops of a blacksmith, wheelwright, saddler and carpenter, and a range of twentieth-century buildings, including an Edwardian Daylight Photography Studio - the oldest in the country - and the nostalgic 1950's village store and chemist.
“Visitors can also wander the pretty cottage and kitchen gardens, take a trip to the cornfield, featuring rare and endangered plant species, or call by the orchard, allotment and farming area, with rare-breed animals to feed. Much of the site is wheelchair accessible and mobility scooters can be borrowed free of charge. The site is dog-friendly, and picnickers are welcome!”
The Rydale Folk Museum has received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook, with visitors thoroughly enjoying its story-telling nature, 20 heritage buildings and 40,000 objects and antiques.
If you’re thinking of visiting the museum, it’s worth looking at their upcoming events that celebrate the history and heritage of life on the moors. Check out Ryedale Folk Museum’s opening times here.
The National Science and Media Museum
If you have a keen interest in technology and the history of media, or you’re looking for something fun to do on a rainy day, then head to The National Science and Media Museum, which is also home to the UK’s first IMAX cinema!
Katie from the team at The National Science and Media Museum tells us what you can expect: “The National Science and Media Museum is part of the Science Museum Group and houses some of the most important photography, film, and television collections in the world. Located in the centre of Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, the museum offers a day out for all ages to enjoy. With fun interactive displays exploring the science of light and sound, fascinating objects, including the camera used to capture the world’s first moving images, and even a Dalek. The museum is also unique in being home to Pictureville cinema, meaning visitors can explore the history of filmmaking and then see the latest releases all in one visit. For those looking for a bite to eat, the museum’s café and Pictureville Bar offer a delicious selection of food and drink, and the shop is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or gift before leaving.”
Next time you’re in Yorkshire, take a look at the camera that captured the world’s first images, browse the variety of exciting exhibitions and interactive displays or just enjoy a film at a world-class cinema, at The National Science and Media Museum, open daily from 10 am – 6 pm (the cinema is open 10 am – late).
National Railway Museum