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COVID-19 - Operating time & hours of business 

Across Yorkshire many of our attractions and places to visit are making changes to their operating hours during this challenging time. Many places are taking the difficult decision to close their doors, however places with outdoor space are opening their doors.

Changes are happening on an hourly/daily basis therefore if you are planning a visit in Yorkshire please check first to avoid disappointment.

Last updated: 23rd March 2020 @ 7.30am


North Yorkshire

JORVIK Viking Centre, Barley Hall and DIG

JORVIK Viking Centre, Barley Hall and DIG are open to pre-bookings only for the foreseeable future. Customers can pre-book through their websites.

Richard III and Henry VII Experiences are closed for the foreseeable future.

Ripon Museum

Ripon Museums will be closed from Friday 20th March

Ripon Cathedral

Visitors are welcome to come in and prayer we are not open as normal.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard  Gardens and Adventure Playground remain open daily. Even on a busy day at Castle Howard, visitors find themselves spread out across the 1000 acre site, enjoying the peace and tranquillity that can be found in the Gardens and Parkland. However, please be advised the House itself will not be opening as planned on 21st March until further notice. We will continue to welcome visitors to the great outdoors.

For ongoing information please click here.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall, Ripon is currently looking to open up the grounds and gardens on the 1st April and just serve takeaway food. For further information visit the website.

Captain Cook, Museum, Whitby

The Museum is now closed temporarily for the protection of visitors, staff and volunteers. We will reopen just as soon as conditions allow and look forward to welcoming the public again.

Grantley Hall, Ripon

For the last information for our guests at Grantley please go to visit the website.

Ryedale Folk Museum

The museum is closed until further notice, further information.

Stephen Joseph Theatre

The theatre is suspending all activities until Sunday 22nd March. Further information.

Swaledale Festival 2020 Cancelled

It is with heavy hearts that, reluctantly, we have been forced to cancel this year’s Festival. Our first responsibility is to keep our Festival goers, volunteers, staff and artists safe. Following government guidelines on social contact, we feel cancellation is the only responsible approach.

Kiplin Hall, Richmond

Will be closed until further notice. Further information.

Swinton Park Estate

As of Monday 23rd March, the following will fully close: Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton Country Club & Spa, all restaurants and Swinton Bivouac. Further information.

RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

After careful consideration, it is with great regret that the RHS has taken the sad decision to close our four RHS Gardens from today, Sunday 22 March. Further Information.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

For the latest information about the National Park, click here.


West Yorkshire

Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Unfortunately the Science and Media Museum in Bradford museum is now temporarily closed until further notice, the full statement from Sir Ian Blatchford can be found here.

The Hepworth, Wakefield

The Hepworth have taken the decision to close The Hepworth Wakefield from 4pm on Wednesday 18 March until further notice. The Hepworth Wakefield Garden will remain open for people to enjoy.

For further updates visit the website.

Keelham Farm Shop

If you’re visiting the Mezzanine café at Keelham Farm shop for a coffee or sweet treat, you’ll notice the service has changed. They have covered all cakes on the display and are serving you from behind the counter.

In the Keelham Kitchen, they are ensuring that guests are seated apart, to support social distancing.

For those customers that may be reluctant to venture outdoors or for those who are already self-isolating they are offering a home delivery service for all your shopping and a hot food delivery service from our Keelham Kitchen menu.

They are also offering a call/click and collect service. You can place your order online or over the phone to one of the team. They will then prepare and come out to the car park with it, when you arrive. Further information

Harewood House 

Harewood House is stilling planning to open Grounds and Gardens this Saturday (21 March), whilst the House will remain closed.

There will be reduced entry tickets for visitors when pre-booked online, and naturally Members can use their Membership – a great way for people to be out in an uplifting space at this time. Stay up to date.


If you are planning a visit to Bradford please go to our blog for the latest information on opening times and closures at attractions and places to visit.


East Yorkshire

RSPB, Bempton Cliffs

Following the latest government advice, RSPB Bempton Cliffs has made the difficult decision to close the Seabird Centre from 19 March. The car park remains open and, as always, there is access to the cliffs. Further information.

Bridlington Spa

Will be closed to the public until further notice - Further information.


Across Yorkshire

English Heritage

Following the latest government recommendations, English Heritage have taken the decision to close all of their staffed historic sites from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May. English Heritage will be reviewing this, and updates will be posted online. Some sites may be opened earlier, and English Heritage will communicate if this is the case. In addition, all public events are cancelled during this period.

Free-to-enter sites will remain open to visitors. These sites have large open spaces in which visitors can maintain social distancing and they are often located in quieter spots away from crowds.


National Trust

The National Trust is continuing to work hard to keep open spaces accessible to people while it closes houses, shops and cafes to restrict the spread of coronavirus.

National Trust will confirm further details later this week across all properties in terms of what will be available to the public.

National trust are trying to keep as many open spaces available as possible but this is a changing situation and they are strictly following Government advice so please keep checking the website for updated information and always check the site before you visit any sites.

Treasurer’s House, York is currently closed

Goddards, York is currently closed.

Beningbrough Hall, the house, café and shop are due to close 5pm Thursday 19th March, Further details on the gardens and parklands will be confirmed later this week.

Further updates


Canal & Rivers Trust

Although the museums and visitor attractions are closed from Friday 20 March* - the Canal and Rovers Trust are doing all they can to keep their 2,000-mile network of canals, towpaths, and river navigations available and safe for everyone to visit - free of charge^.

*The following museums and visitor attractions will be closed from Saturday 21 March – Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre; National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port; National Waterways Museum; Gloucester; Pontcysyllte Visitor Centre; Standedge Visitor Centre; and Stoke Bruerne Museum and café.

^ Canal & River Trust towpaths are free to everyone; use of the water requires the appropriate licence.