Murton Park is the home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, the Danelaw Centre for Living History and the Derwent Valley Light Railway. The 16 acre site is located on the outskirts of York and is a great place for kids to let off steam with plenty of open space, an adventure playground and ride-on tractors!
During the school holidays we run Viking and Tudor themed family workshops on topics such as making oil lamps, spear and shield drill and candle dipping. Special event weekends are also hosted throughout the year.
The museum has a collection of historic farming equipment, including a range of vintage tractors, which are displayed in two main buildings and across the site. The Four Seasons Gallery includes the story of the farming year from winter ploughing to autumn harvest and an exhibition about the Women’s Land Army in the First and Second World Wars. The Livestock Gallery explores the rearing of animals and the produce they give us. Both have fun interactive features for children.
We have a collection of livestock, including Shetland ponies, goats, pigs, rabbits and poultry; most of the animals are very friendly and visitors can get close enough to say 'Hi'.
Given our rural setting there is also lots of wildlife to see on our nature trail.
The Danelaw Centre for Living History is an education facility with a reconstructed Viking Village, Roman Fort and Tudor House. When these buildings are not being used by school children they are free to explore.
Also on site is the last remaining stretch of the historic Derwent Valley Light Railway which runs trains for visitors on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The museum closes at the end of October until Easter or the first weekend in April (whatever is first).