museums and attractions

Attractions in Yorkshire

A big county like Yorkshire has to have its own section. Here are delights such as York's National Railway Museum, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Yorkshire Air Museum and a whole host of industrial and transport museums.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions.

Calderdale Industrial Museum

Central Works, Square Road, Halifax, Yorkshire, HX1 1QG.
Tel: 01422 384 721.

This collection represents a cross section of the wide variety of industries that developed in Calderdale. Some of the machines are the only surviving…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

St Aidans Walking Dragline

Astley Lane, Swillington, Nr Leeds, Yorkshire, LS26 8AL.
Tel: 0000.

  • Parking

Come and see 'Oddball', the largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe. Look all round outside and see the giant 25 cubic yard bucket.…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Shibden Hall

Lister’s Road , Halifax, Yorkshire, HX3 6XG.
Tel: 01422 352 246.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Set in beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park, the hall dates back to 1420. The adjacent 17th century aisled barn and workshops…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Withernsea Lighthouse Museum

Hull Road, Withernsea, Yorkshire, HU19 2DY.
Tel: 01964 614 834.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

One of only a handful of lighthouses built inland, standing 127ft (38m) high in the middle of the seaside town. The base of the lighthouse features RNLI…

Transport / Maritime

Rockley Furnace & Engine House

Rockley Lane, Nr Birdwell, Yorkshire, .
Tel: 0000.

The furnace was built around 1700 to smelt the local iron ore. The engine house once housed a Newcomen type pumping engine that kept the iron mine dry.…

Open Access

Richmondshire Museum

Ryders Wynd, Richmond, Yorkshire, DL10 4JA.
Tel: 01748 825 611.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

There is a wide range of items on display with the emphasis on local and social history. Displays include artefacts from the Stone Age to the present day…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre

Waters Road, Marsden, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, HD7 6NQ.
Tel: 01484 844 298.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

The former canal warehouse opposite the towpath at Tunnel End has been converted into a Visitor Centre with displays telling the story of the canal and…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Skidby Windmill & Museum of East Riding Rural Life

Skidby, Beverley Road, Cottingham, East Riding, Yorkshire, HU16 5TF.
Tel: 01482 848 405.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

A working four-sailed tower windmill, the last working mill in East Yorkshire. It is set in an acre of land and has magnificent views over the Wolds. The…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Shepherd Wheel

Whitely Woods, Off Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S11 2YE.
Tel: 0114 272 2106.

A unique working example of Sheffield's knife grinding industry. This water-powered workshop dates back to the 1500s and displays the tools of the trade…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Tocketts Mill

Tocketts Mill Country Park , Skelton Road, Guisborough, Yorkshire, TS14 6QA.
Tel: 01287 639 120.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

Fully restored water-driven Corn Mill and a Grade II* Listed building, one of the most complete working water mills in England and has been recognised…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

The Station

The Railway Station, Station Yard, Richmond, Yorkshire, DL10 4LD.
Tel: 01748 850 123.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Housed in the Booking Office of the impressive Victorian railway station, the centre includes many artefacts to give a fascinating insight into the history…

Railways / Railway Museum

Middleton Railway

The Station, Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS10 2JQ.
Tel: 0845 680 1758.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Situated at Hunslet Moor, adjacent to junction 5 of the M621, this standard gauge line of 1 1/4 miles is the world's oldest operating railway, running…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Wensleydale Railway

Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, Yorkshire, DL7 9AR.
Tel: 01677 425 805.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Trains run between Northallerton West and Aysgarth, via Bedale, Leeming Bar and Leyburn.

Railways / Heritage Railways

Markham Grange Steam Museum

Longlands Lane, Brodsworth, Nr Doncaster, Yorkshire, DN5 7XD.
Tel: 01302 330 430.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

An impressive collection of restored stationary steam engines. In total around 18 steam engines & pumps are on display, the majority of which can be run…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Arctic Corsair

Rear of Streetlife Museum, High Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1PS.
Tel: 01482 300 300.

Hull’s last sidewinder trawler. The crew conduct guided tours (access is limited) where you’ll hear all about life at sea and the dangers deep sea…

Transport / Maritime

Scarborough Fair Collection

Flower of May Holiday Park, Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough, Yorkshire, YO11 3NU.
Tel: 01723 586 698.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

One of the country’s largest and finest private collections. Showman’s steam engines built by Burrell, Fowler and Garrett, vintage cars, tractors,…

Other Sites of Interest / Fairground

Beck Isle Museum

Wells Walk, Pickering, Yorkshire, YO18 8DU.
Tel: 01751 473 653.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Housed in what is thought to be the first Agricultural College in England. Designed by William Marshall, this fine Listed building is Pickering’s hidden…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Kirklees Light Railway

The Station, Park Mill Way, Clayton West , Nr Huddersfield, Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ.
Tel: 01484 865 727.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Narrow gauge trains run for 3.5 miles along the former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Clayton West branch, through the scenic South Pennine foothills,…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Murton Park, Murton Lane, York, Yorkshire, YO19 5UF.
Tel: 01904 489 966.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Illustrates 200 years of Yorkshire rural life with the railway age represented by a preserved half mile long section of the Derwent Valley Light Railway…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

North Bay Railway

Northstead Manor Gardens, Burniston Road, Scarborough, Yorkshire, Y012 6PF.
Tel: 01723 368 791.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Run steam outline LNER style A3 locomotives since 1931. Built to 20in. gauge, the line takes visitors from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills stations, offering…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Gayle Mill

Mill Lane, Gayle, Hawes, Yorkshire, DL8 3RZ.
Tel: 01969 667 320.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Restored unique state-of-the-art 19th water-powered sawmill complete with working Victorian machinery and water-powered turbines.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Craven Collection of Classic Bikes

Brockfield Villa, Stockton-on-Forest, York, Yorkshire, YO32 9UE.
Tel: 01904 400 493.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Private collection of over 270 vintage and post-war classic motorcycles and a number of commercial vehicles, many of which have appeared in ‘Heartbeat‘.

Transport / Road

Castle Museum – York

Eye of York, York, Yorkshire, Y01 9WD.
Tel: 01904 687 687.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The folk museum includes some excellent transport items – an 1899 steam car, 1909 Colibri car, Victorian cycles and tricycle, 18th, 19th and 20th century…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S7 2QW.
Tel: 0114 272 2106.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. A group of Grade I and Grade II Listed buildings…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

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