Top 10 Attractions (No Fee)
A fun day out for all the family. Discover over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Marvel at the record-breaking Mallard, watch engineering work in progress, see locomotives moving on the turntable or let off steam in the outdoor play area. Visit the Royal Trains and take a seat on the futuristic Bullet Train.
The National Media Museum is a fabulous free museum devoted to film, photography, TV, radio and the web. Journey through popular photography, visit IMAX, the world’s most powerful giant screen experience, discover the past, present and future of television in Experience TV, watch your favourite TV moments in TV Heaven, play with light, lenses and colour in the Magic Factory and explore the world of animation, watching a real animator at work in the Animation Gallery.
Home to the UK’s national collection of arms and armour. Experience spectacular live demonstrations, lavish re-enactments, films, unique handling collections, jousting tournaments and thousands of exhibits. The Royal Armouries Museum will fascinate visitors of all ages and interests whatever the weather.
Located on the western edge of a Yorkshire coalfield, where mining has been carried out for centuries. The National Coal Mining Museum provides a great day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain’s oldest working mines. Situated in a rural setting, it offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard working lives of miners through the ages.
West Bretton, Wakefield
A magical place, set in the beautiful grounds and gardens of a 500-acre, 18th Century country estate, this is one of the world’s leading open-air galleries. There’s a changing programme of international exhibitions, as well as work by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi. The YSP hosts regular courses and a great range of fun family events too.
Kingston upon Hull
Set in the historic heart of the old town. Journey back 235 million years to encounter sea monsters and a life-sized woolly mammoth at the Hull and East
Riding Museum of Archaeology. The Streetlife Museum of Transport brings history to life with all the sights, sounds and smells of the past. The authentic scenes invite you to climb on, get in and explore. Visit the birthplace of William Wilberforce and find out about the transatlantic slave trade. Plus, experience the hazardous life of deep-sea fishing aboard the city’s last sidewinder trawler, the Arctic Corsair.
This stunning green world in the heart of the city is Sheffield’s icon. Linking the Millennium Galleries, Tudor Square and the Peace Gardens, it is the largest temperate glasshouse in any European city centre. The Winter Garden houses a superb display of more than 2,500 plants from around the globe.
The Millennium Gallery hosts some of the finest touring exhibitions in the country, from partners including the V&A, Tate and National Portrait Gallery, as well as being home to the city’s unique Ruskin and metalwork collections.
The paintings on display span more than 600 years and range from 14th Century Italian panels and 17th Century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th Century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney. Special exhibitions change every few months and can vary from Old Masters to contemporary sculpture, from National Portrait Gallery shows to Tracey Emin. The gallery also houses an outstanding collection of 20th Century ceramics.
Witness first-hand the dangers and disasters faced daily by the trawlermen of Grimsby. The tour includes a recreation of a 1950s voyage to fishing grounds, with authentic smells and moving deck, and scenes from the street and home life of old Grimsby The museum also holds a collection of historic vessels in the adjacent dock.
Discover sculpture in the heart of Leeds at the Henry Moore Institute. Three beautiful gallery spaces host an ever-changing programme of exhibitions accompanied by tours, talks and events which explore sculpture, from ancient to modern.