Whether it’s weekend plans or you’re putting together your itinerary for an upcoming school holiday, museums can be a great option for any family. The UK is filled with them too with around 2,500 located here. The themes of many of them vary, so you can be sure you’ll find one that piques your and your family’s interests.
If you’re fortunate enough to be one of the almost 5.5 million people who reside in Yorkshire, you’ll have access to countless fantastic museums on your doorstep. These tend to have easy access to good road networks and plenty of public transport options available.
Our guide will take a look at some of the best museums that the region has to offer, so you can add them to your future plans and get the family excited to visit. Continue reading below to find out more about them.
National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield
This 45-acre site lets you explore the hidden world of mining. Here you can experience life in the mines with two former working facilities to discover and staff members will explain how coal was extracted back in the day.
On weekends and during holidays, the battery-powered Paddy Train from Caphouse to Hope is open, so you can see how the minors used to get from pit to pit.
Danum Gallery, Doncaster
Uncover this city’s rich history at the wonderful museum that was once the Doncaster High School for Girls. The museum can be found in the heart of the city centre, so you can easily board trains to Doncaster to get here.
Upon arrival, you’ll have access to a central children’s library that’s perfect for story time and playing games, a museum about Doncaster’s history and a gallery that features breathtaking pieces of art to look at.
Abbey House Museum, Leeds
The Victorian era is one filled with fascinating discoveries that history buffs are sure to love and the Abbey House Museum in Leeds has plenty of great features. Here you can explore the social history and childhood in Victorian-era Leeds with the family and you’ll find authentically recreated houses, pubs, and shops.
You’ll also find the largest collection of working penny slot machines here, which is fascinating for all to see.
National Railway Museum
Train museums are some of the most popular in the UK and Yorkshire happens to be home to one of the best. The National Railway Museum offers fun for the whole family as you can explore more than 300 years of railway history while looking at popular trains from over the years.
What’s more, kids can ride a miniature railway for a great experience that they’re sure to remember for many years to come.