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Ryedale Museums

Let Museums Ryedale take you on a journey back through time and help you uncover the fascinating past of this picturesque corner of North Yorkshire. The collections held by these five museums - Ryedale Folk Museum, Beck Isle Museum, Malton Museum, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Archive and The Woodhams Stone Collection - are of international importance and bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each year. Together, they offer visitors of all ages a unique insight into Ryedale’s rich culture and heritage.

Beck Isle Museum

Beck Isle Museum

Located in the historic market town of Pickering, Beck Isle Museum has been dubbed Ryedale’s answer to the V&A. It’s a hidden gem, jam-packed with more than 60,000 different objects that bring Ryedale’s rich history to life. Overlooking Pickering Beck, the museum occupies a Grade II-listed, Regency house that was once poised to be the first agricultural college in England. Home to the museum since 1947, this fine building comprises 27 rooms, each of which has a different theme. Children will jump at the chance to get hands-on with the exhibits. With crayons, paper, toys and games available in the activity room, as well as a pretty picnic area by the beck, it’s the perfect spot for a fun and interactive day out for all the family. Play a game of shove ha’penny in the pub, visit the chemist to cure your ills or pop in the blacksmith’s to wish in the well.


 

Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum

At Ryedale Folk Museum step back in time & immerse yourself in rural life from the Iron Age right through to the 1950s. Located in the village of Hutton-Le-Hole in the North York Moors National Park, where homes, businesses & shops from different periods in history have been recreated in minute detail. The site has the appearance of an entire village made up of historic settlements, giving visitors a sense of what rural life was like in years gone by. Wander into quaint country cottages, step into the gloomy interior of an Iron Age round house or pop inside the village school. The museum is also home to the Harrison collection, an array of everyday antiques & rare curiosities spanning five centuries of history, including simple cooking pots & gruesome brain surgery tools. Children will enjoy the chance to meet the resident hens and Kune Kune pigs.


 

Malton Museum

Malton Museum

The fact that Malton Museum is tucked away in the Subscription Rooms on Yorkersgate in the heart of the charming market town of Malton belies the importance of the collections held there, which are of international significance. As Ryedale’s pre-eminent archaeological museum, it holds a vast collection of artefacts dating back to Malton’s Roman past, when a fort was located in the area, as well as items from Langton Villa, a Roman villa located just a few miles away. These unique snapshots of the area’s Roman past are brought to life with a regular programme of fun, interactive activities for younger visitors. Malton Museum’s collection also features objects relating to the area’s prehistoric past, as well as items belonging to more recent periods in history, including artefacts connected with horse racing, brewing and other aspects of local life.


 

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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Archive

The easiest way to find the The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Archive is to follow the plumes of steam rising from the heritage trains that make their way in and out of Pickering Railway Station. The station is home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Europe’s most popular heritage line. Steam & heritage diesel trains run between Pickering & Whitby, a journey that takes passengers through the stunning scenery of the North York Moors National Park. Located in the Reussner Learning Centre at Pickering Railway Station, the archive holds a collection of plans, architectural drawings, maps, papers, books & artefacts relating to the history of railways in the North East of England between 1825 and the 1960s. The collection can be viewed for  research purposes by prior arrangement, but also stages special exhibitions & events throughout the year.


 

 

The Woodhams Stone Collection

The Woodhams Stone Collection

The Woodhams Stone Collection is the life’s work of Sid Woodhams & John Stone, who each spent more than 60 years collecting artefacts offering a rare & valuable insight into the social history of Norton, Malton & the surrounding area. Sid collected items relating to local businesses & tradesmen, along with household items & objects reflecting local & national events. John amassed hundreds of postcards and photographs of the local area, as well as a vast paper-based archive of advertisements and material relating to local businesses. Now, both men have gifted their collections to the people of Ryedale so that they can be preserved for future generations to enjoy. A permanent home is still being sought for this exciting new collection, but a selection of items is currently on display at the Subscription Rooms on Yorkersgate in the historic town of Malton.


 

Talbot Hotel

AA 4 Star HotelHotel with 26 rooms, £110-£352 prpnb, Malton, 01653 639096

The Talbot Hotel has recently been fully restored. Classic British design now meets traditional values of comfort and unobtrusive service for an elegant hotel with 26 bedrooms, landscaped gardens and a great restaurant.

 
 
 
Claxton Hall Cottage Guest House

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £85-£95 prpnb, York, 01904 468697

In 1 acre gardens overlooking open countryside, we are just 10 minutes by car from York. Home baked cake and tea is served on arrival.

 
 
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How to get to Ryedale

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