Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York

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The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is located in Murton Park near York in England. It is housed on a grass field site of approximately 14acre, and is the only museum in the district specifically dedicated to the subject of farming. In the autumn of 2010, the museum was awarded full accreditation status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.The museum has built up a large collection of artefacts that illustrate the history of farm mechanisation. The collection also contains domestic items and other documentary material relating to the social structure of rural life in the area. Events are held throughout the year relating to rural and farming themes. There is also a children's play area and a cafe.The site is also home to the last surviving stretch of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, part of whose archive is also in the museum's collection.The museum shares the site with the Danelaw Centre for Living History. Living history facilities include a mock Roman fort called Brigantium, which is a disguised outdoor classroom designed to cater for up to 65 children at a time. There are also buildings dedicated to the Tudor and Viking ages, including a Dark Age village and how they farmed the land centuries ago.History and collectionThe museum opened in 1982. It was originally designed to house a growing collection of farm machinery that had been donated by various farms from North and East Yorkshire to the East Yorkshire Farm Machinery Preservation Society and stored at Burton Constable.
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  • The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is a charitable trust dedicated to the preservation of the history of farming in Yorkshire and further afield. The museum is located at Murton Park, near the village of...  more »
  • Okay so only a few days a year but popped here about 4 times in the last 12 years ... also visited every other attraction for santa locally....... we always come back here and are NEVER disappointed, ...  more »
  • What a fun way to see Santa, train ride and present for the kids. Photo with Father Christmas at the train station . Then a guided walk around the North Pole Village with the elves up to mischief . Af...  more »
  • This is quite a good place, but the villages etc. you can walk around aren't that interesting if there is no kind of activity going on. They do have an audio guide but it's not the best. The farming equipment is interesting and the women's land army display is well worth a look - but all elements would benefit from more of a 'hands on' experience if possible - maybe some tractors kids can sit in? The chap running it is great, very friendly and clearly knowledgeable. They do have animals but again, no petting area which they would benefit from greatly. The railway wasn't running when we visited (only runs on Sundays and bank holidays) and I can see how that adds to the attraction. The restaurant (franchised so doesn't impact rating) is not great - when questioning the burnt T cake (see pics 😂) the response was that's how she likes them (to be fair, they did swap it) but my advice is bring your own - areas inside and out you can eat. I just think, especially in comparison to the air museum, they would also benefit from a yearly pass and more interactive elements - it could easily be a 5* attraction but would we go back? Maybe for the railway but probably not.
  • Last Saturday my daughter, three grandchildren and I went for the Santa experience. I can honestly say it was the best Santa experience that we have been on. From arrival and booking train tickets to the tour of the elves village to the ride on the train to meet Santa. It was brilliant. Baubles the chief elf was fantastic. He kept not only all the children amused but the adults as well. His pitch was brilliant. We will definitely be returning next year and would highly recommend it to everyone We'll done to everyone and a very happy Christmas Sally Sanderson
  • Excellent for families with young children. Nice cafe. Resonably priced.
  • A nice place to visit if you're interested in the life of a Victorian farmer.
  • Had a wonderful time here. Look forward to coming back
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