20 Free Museums and Galleries in Yorkshire  Half term school holiday ideas
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20 Free Museums and Galleries in Yorkshire Half term school holiday ideas

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LocalFound 20th FebEdited by:"myusernamehasgone234"
Yorkshire is full of awesome attractions.

I've put together a list of 20 Free Museums and Galleries.

As its half term some places I thought it might be useful.

See links for individual opening times.

Car parking charges may apply but admission is Free to all these attractions.

1 National Science and media museum Bradford

Exploring the transformative impact of image and sound technologies on our lives. 8 floors of FREE galleries

National Science and Media Museum | National Science and Media Museum


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2 The Royal Armouries Leeds

Visitors can explore arms and armour from across the world and throughout time in our six themed galleries.

royalarmouries.org/leeds/


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3 National Coal Mining Museum Wakefield *

Meet a Miner' - tours are led by our lively miner guides. Hear all about your guide's working life and experiences in the coalmine **( How much does the tour cost?
  • Parking and admission to the Museum is free for everyone.
  • If you take our well-loved underground tour, you will need to leave a £4 deposit for a traditional miner’s brass check. After your tour, you can choose whether to keep your check as a souvenir and donate the £4 deposit, or request a refund).

ncm.org.uk/

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4 Hull Maritime museum Hull

The museum is housed in the Victorian Dock Offices in Queen Victoria Square. These nautical themed offices were designed by Christopher G Wray and originally opened in 1871. Now they display Hull's maritime activities from the late 18th century to present.

hull2017.co.uk/wha…um/


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5 National Railway museum York

Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York’s only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic, Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains.

nrm.org.uk/


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6 Leeds city museum Leeds

While exhibits vary, they are mainly made up of exhibits from Leeds' history. Meet the Leeds Tiger and Nesyamun the Mummy

leeds.gov.uk/mus…eum

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7 Bradford Industrial Museum Bradford

specializes in relics of local industry, especially printing and textile machinery, kept in working condition for regular demonstrations to the public

bradfordmuseums.org/ven…eum


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8 Hull and East riding museum Hull

Enter a world where 235 million years of history is brought to life. From majestic mammoths to Saxon invaders, visitors to the Hull and East Riding museum of archaeology

visithullandeastyorkshire.com/Hul…800


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9 The Hepworth Museum Wakefield

Art fund Museum of the year winner 2017 Open daily 10am-5pm free entry. Yorkshire's major art gallery presents exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art plus galleries exploring Barbara Hepworth

hepworthwakefield.org/


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10 Yorkshire Sculpture Park Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK's leading open-air gallery.

ysp.org.uk/


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11 Cusworth Hall Museum and Park Doncaster

The beautiful Grade I listed building is set in acres of historic parkland, with lakes, plantations and pleasure grounds offering spectacular views across the town.

Visitors will discover the fascinating story of how Doncaster people have lived, worked and entertained themselves from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

visitdoncaster.com/thi…ark


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12 Millennium Gallery Sheffield

Sheffield's premier destination for art, craft and design. See the city's unique Metalwork and Ruskin collections

museums-sheffield.org.uk/mus…ome


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13 Leeds art gallery Leeds

Leeds Art Gallery in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is a museum whose collection of 20th-century British Art is recognised by the British government as a collection "of national importance

leeds.gov.uk/mus…ery


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14 Cartwright hall Bradford

Cartwright Hall is Bradford's civic art gallery and offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions, with four permanent galleries displaying works from our art collections. The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts.

bradfordmuseums.org/ven…ery

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15 The Tetley Leeds

The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art at the heart of Leeds' South Bank, with a gallery, learning studio and Bar & Kitchen.
thetetley.org/


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16 The winter garden Sheffield

One of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last hundred years has created a stunning green world in the heart of the city.

sheffield.gov.uk/hom…tml


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17 Huddersfield Art Gallery Huddersfield

See a selection of stunning paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists such as L.S. Lowry, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore alongside work by significant local artists.

Huddersfield Art Gallery | Kirklees Council

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18 Salts Mills Bradford

You can also learn about the history of the Mill in our People and Process and Saltaire History exhibitions


Inside you can admire our very big collection of works by David Hockney,

yorkshire.com/vie…448


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19 Wakefield Museum Wakefield

Since the 1920s, Wakefield Council Museum Service has acquired over 120,000 historic objects and works of art on behalf of Wakefield District's residents and visitors
Museums - Wakefield Council

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20 Castleford Museum Castleford

The Main Museum on the top floor invites visitors to follow the history of Castleford from the Bronze Age to the present day

wakefield.gov.uk/eve…eum


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@myusernamehasgone234 Great effort. Thank you for doing and sharing this Some great ideas there
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Syzable4 m ago

@myusernamehasgone234 Great effort. Thank you for doing and sharing this …@myusernamehasgone234 Great effort. Thank you for doing and sharing this Some great ideas there


Thanks its my 250th deal so I put a bit of extra effort in.
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myusernamehasgone2343 m ago

Thanks its my 250th deal so I put a bit of extra effort in.


It's very much appreciated I love to see when the community goes that extra mile. It will be very useful to so many
Great, thank you.
Excellent list!

Also the Street Life museum in Hull is also free, and right next door to the Hull & East Riding Museum. There's also the Ferens Art Gallery & the Hands On History Museum as well!
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ToxicNeo2 m ago

Excellent list!Also the Street Life museum in Hull is also free, and right …Excellent list!Also the Street Life museum in Hull is also free, and right next door to the Hull & East Riding Museum. There's also the Ferens Art Gallery & the Hands On History Museum as well!


Thanks for the info.
Great post (Mining museum is fantastic), but shouldn't this be in the Freebies section?
Nice list!

For Sheffield, Weston Park Museum is free and a great way to spend a couple of hours also.
Just a shame half term was last week in Leeds.
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Erinath4 m ago

Just a shame half term was last week in Leeds.


Won’t be too long until Easter holidays.

These will be open on weekends too.
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Nevare889 m ago

Nice list!For Sheffield, Weston Park Museum is free and a great way to …Nice list!For Sheffield, Weston Park Museum is free and a great way to spend a couple of hours also.


Thanks for sharing
Been to several on here
The Royal Armouries in Leeds is one of our all time favourites - and is free all year round. Check on line with them as sometimes (possibly during School Summer holidays) they also have events in the arena outside - like medieval jousting, hawking/falconry display etc.
Make sure you pick up that days timetable of events - little talks by R.A staff - often in full outfit (cowboy, hussar, medieval knight etc) who give a little presentation/show - suitable for all ages from primary school to Octogenarians plus !!
Only downside is the issue of parking.
There is a multi-story car-park, but last time I used it I felt the cost was exorbitant.
But beware / be vigilante of parking in side streets. There are time restrictions most days, and weirdly, different streets have different time restrictions.
I got caught out, so be warned !!
R.A is brilliant though, lots of stuff inside for kids of all ages, and much better that their other more well known branch within the Tower of London - which of course is not free !!I
Is a cafe for everything from an ice cream/coffee up to a lunchtime meal.Though you can bring your own packed lunch/picnic - and there is an area provided with chairs and tables for you !!
So can be a really cheap day out if you plan/prepare.
Couple of lifts means the building is fully accessible for pushchairs/wheelchair users.

Railway Museum York
and
National Coal Mining Museum I would say are not that suitable/interesting for very young children - but might be the place to invite Grandparents along with older children.

Not free, but I think a great day out for younger children is Magna Science Adventure Centre (Rotherham/Sheffield - just off M1/M18)
If you pay for a day ticket to the whole complex, it says you can convert this into an Annual pass - which enables you to take kids to the outdoor play area, which looked fabulous, and on the summer's day we went was packed with kids having a fantastic time by the look of it.
Under 2's free, 2-3 = £4.95 (for the year!!) 4 - 15 £9.95 (for the year!)
visitmagna.co.uk/....... if you flick through their website you will see pictures of the outside play area.
Maybe useful for locals and people who travel up and down the M1 regularly with children (visiting Grandparents etc) - as a place to break your journey and let the kids use up some energy.
and
Temple Newsam (Leeds) - leeds.gov.uk/mus…ion
which has a farmyard area which the children will like.
But I seem to remember there is a fabulous outdoor play area near the car park - which I think may be free.Perhaps other visitors may be able to correct me?!
We went for the day and visited the house, gardens and Farmyard/courtyard shops etc, but I remember seeing loads of families, and Mums with kids parking in the car park and just making for the outdoor adventure playground.
I cannot remember paying to park - so it could be free, and therefore the adventure playground free?
Loads of grounds for families to have their own picnics - When we went it looked like some parents were going there straight from school/work for the kids to let off steam and enjoy the warm weather.
Edited by: "Her_Indoors" 20th Feb
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Northerndave19 m ago

Great post (Mining museum is fantastic), but shouldn't this be in the …Great post (Mining museum is fantastic), but shouldn't this be in the Freebies section?


The mining museum is excellent. The miners are fantastic guides.
Kids need to be over 5 to go down into the mine
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Her_Indoors8 m ago

Been to several on here The Royal Armouries in Leeds is one of our all …Been to several on here The Royal Armouries in Leeds is one of our all time favourites - and is free all year round. Check on line with them as sometimes (possibly during School Summer holidays) they also have events in the arena outside - like medieval jousting, hawking/falconry display etc. Make sure you pick up that days timetable of events - little talks by R.A staff - often in full outfit (cowboy, hussar, medieval knight etc) who give a little presentation/show - suitable for all ages from primary school to Octagenarians plus !!Only downside is the issue of parking.There is a multi-story car-park, but last time I used it I felt the cost was exorbitant.But beware / be vigilante of parking in side streets. There are time restrictions most days, and weirdly, different streets have different time restrictions. I got caught out, so be warned !!R.A is brilliant though, lots of stuff inside for kids of all ages, and much better that their other more well known branch within the Tower of London - which of course is not free !!IIs a cafe for everything from an ice cream/coffee up to a lunchtime meal.Though you can bring your own packed lunch/picnic - and there is an area provided with chairs and tables for you !!So can be a really cheap day out if you plan/prepare.Couple of lifts means the building is fully accessible for pushchairs/wheelchair users.Railway Museum York and National Coal Mining Museum I would say are not that suitable/interesting for very young children - but might be the place to invite Grandparents along with older children.Not free, but I think a great day out for younger children is Magna Science Adventure Centre (Rotherham/Sheffield - just off M1/M18)If you pay for a day ticket to the whole complex, it says you can convert this into an Annual pass - which enables you to take kids to the outdoor play area, which looked fabulous, and on the summer's day we went was packed with kids having a fantastic time by the look of it.Under 2's free, 2-3 = £4.95 (for the year!!) 4 - 15 £9.95 (for the year!)https://www.visitmagna.co.uk/....... if you flick through their website you will see pictures of the outside play area.Maybe useful for people who travel up and down the M1 regularly with children (visiting Grandparents etc) - as a place to break your journey and let the kids use up some energy.andTemple Newsam (Leeds) - https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/templenewsamhouse/visitor-informationwhich has a farmyard area which the children will like.But I seem to remember there is a fabulous outdoor play area near the car park - which I think may be free.Perhaps other visitors may be able to correct me?!We went for the day and visited the house, gardens and Farmyard/courtyard shops etc, but I remember seeing loads of families, and Mums with kids parking in the car park and just making for the outdoor adventure playground.I cannot remember paying to park - so it could be free, and therefore the adventure playground free?Loads of grounds for families to have their own picnics - When we went it looked like some parents were going there straight from school/work for the kids to let off steam and enjoy the warm weather.




Yes some of these may not be suitable to younger kids. People should click the links before visiting to check opening time, and suitability.

Some people may prefer to visit without kids at all and avoid half term at all costs.

Temple newsam is free parking and the playground and park itself are free. Just have to pay to visit the farm and house.

Magna is great the annual pass makes it good value. The huge outdoor play area is excellent. You can also get free entry with blue peter badges.
Not free, but pay once and go back as many times as you like for one year, at Eureka! The National Children's Museum.

Good for younger children as well. It's pretty accessible to a lot of the North being just off the M62 in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Thanks
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM YORK has Tim Peake's Soyuz TMA-19M descent module on display until 8 March 2018.
Also worth a look is the Space Descent VR, an out-of-this-world virtual reality experience narrated by Tim Peake himself. Use Samsung Gear VR to enjoy a 360⁰ look inside the Soyuz capsule and experience the thrill of being an astronaut as you retrace Tim’s 400km journey back to Earth, but thats not free..
Does anyone know of anywhere to park near the sculpture park that I don't need to take out a mortgage for? The official car park is astronomically expensive.
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psychobitchfromhell20th Feb

Does anyone know of anywhere to park near the sculpture park that I don't …Does anyone know of anywhere to park near the sculpture park that I don't need to take out a mortgage for? The official car park is astronomically expensive.


There's a lay by at the bottom of the road. With a few spaces.
myusernamehasgone23436 m ago

There's a lay by at the bottom of the road. With a few spaces.


That's good to know. I don't mind paying if I'm spending the whole day there but it puts me off just going for a nice stroll for an hour or so
Edited by: "psychobitchfromhell" 20th Feb
I live near these places but id like someone to take me there.
These galleries charge so much to park.
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Misslovely25 m ago

I live near these places but id like someone to take me there. These …I live near these places but id like someone to take me there. These galleries charge so much to park.


There is the option of public transport to get there.
Awesome list, Thank you
myusernamehasgone2341 h, 38 m ago

There's a lay by at the bottom of the road. With a few spaces.


It's been used by doggers for years, so don't forget to take a leash, lol
Edited by: "Dissatisfied_dad" 20th Feb
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Dissatisfied_dad13 m ago

It's been used by doggers for years, so don't forget to take a leash, lol …It's been used by doggers for years, so don't forget to take a leash, lol


Really it’s very open and close to the motorway.
Actually, leave the kids with their Gran and go and see the The Royal Armouries on your own, there is a lot to get through
Done quite a few of these over the years with mine. Top, imo, has to be the Wonderlab at the national science and media museum but remember to book tickets in advance (albeit free). Rest of museum is fine from even getting my girls to see Morph in the media library from my childhood and some retro gaming.

Wonderlab was just such a different level for mine though from the presentation, to the exhibits for the children to play and interact with, to the staff getting my children's interest and to get them thinking about what they were seeing by asking them such well thought out and playful queries. Truly magical although YMMV.
Thanks OP. Planning a trip to the salt mills in the summer as im a huge hockney fan and will visit some of the others on your list
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Cliffe castle in Keighley is a must. Can't believe it's not on the list.
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vtec1 h, 27 m ago

Cliffe castle in Keighley is a must. Can't believe it's not on the list.


Apologies I just did a top 20 of places I was familiar with.

I haven’t been to or heard of Cliffe Castle.

Thanks for sharing.

Perhaps with everyone’s suggestions next time I could post a top 30, 40 or even 50.

I’m going to try put together a list of outdoor attractions for spring / summer next.
myusernamehasgone23417 h, 41 m ago

Really it’s very open and close to the motorway.


I know, lol

Same with the car park at The Old Post Office at Haigh, and plenty of other places, lol
Great post, thanks for taking the time to write it up. As a Yorkshireman, i'm ashamed to say i still haven't visited a few of these places [i do live 10 minutes from Salts Mills though, a frequent visitor, the park there is fab in Summer]
myusernamehasgone23422 h, 35 m ago

The mining museum is excellent. The miners are fantastic guides. Kids …The mining museum is excellent. The miners are fantastic guides. Kids need to be over 5 to go down into the mine


Did you do a crawl along the coal seam?
Both of my Grandfathers were miners, so I felt I had to do it .... .
Only a couple of small stretches on your hands and knees - just gives a hint of what conditions miners back then had to work in.
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Her_Indoors10 m ago

Did you do a crawl along the coal seam?Both of my Grandfathers were …Did you do a crawl along the coal seam?Both of my Grandfathers were miners, so I felt I had to do it .... .Only a couple of small stretches on your hands and knees - just gives a hint of what conditions miners back then had to work in.


Nope but the kids did.

I’m not a fan of small spaces.
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