History and heritage

History all around!

History all around!

This region has played its part in some momentous historical events.

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey

Spend the day at Ampleforth Abbey and enjoy the Abbey Tea Room with a fantastic selection of food and drink, the Abbey Shop and the visitor centre, providing a comprehensive insight into the history of Ampleforth.

Arctic Corsair

Arctic Corsair

Come aboard Hull’s last sidewinder trawler the Arctic Corsair and let the crew take you on a guided tour. You’ll hear all about life at sea and the dangers deep sea trawler-men faced in the Icelandic fishing grounds.

Beverley Minster

Beverley Minster

Beverley Minster is one of Britain’s finest examples of medieval Gothic architecture, the church has been place of pilgrimage for visitors since the Middle Ages. It continues to be a place of prayer at the heart of the community.

Bridlington Priory

Bridlington Priory

Bridlington Priory has beautiful soaring columns and impressive stained glass windows, visitors can learn about its history through a fascinating series of appliquéd pictures. Children can also dress up as an Augustinian canon.

Burnby Hall

Burnby Hall

Burnby Hall is set in the town of Pocklington, these unique gardens have been described as “a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown”. The Stewart Museum within the gardens is dedicated to the life of Major Percy Marlborough Stewart.

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home where 15 generations have filled the Hall with treasures, from magnificent carvings to French Impressionist paintings, contemporary furniture, tapestries and modern artwork.

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable Hall

Everyday is a great day out at Burton Constable Hall – there’s so much to enjoy and discover for all ages. Explore the historic grounds with their woodland and parkland walks or the evocative grand rooms filled with fine art.

Dinostar

Dinostar

Located in the Fruit Market area of Hull’s Old Town, Dinostar is Hull’s dinosaur experience. Highlights include a full size t-rex skull, genuine triceratops bones you can touch and the unique dinosaur sound box.

Eden Camp

Eden Camp

Visit Eden Camp and experience the sights, sounds and smells of World War II, on the Home Front and Front Line, all set in an original prisoner of war camp. It is one of the largest museums of British military and social history.

Fort Paull

Fort Paull

Fort Paull is Yorkshires only remaining Napoleonic Fortress and a fantastic day out for all the family. Explore 500 years of history within the walls of this fortress, set in 10 acres with magnificent views over the Humber estuary.

Goole Museum & Art Gallery

Goole Museum & Art Gallery

Goole Museum & Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Goole Library building, and explores the history of the historic port town of Goole through permanent displays and a temporary exhibition programme.

Hands on History Museum

Hands on History Museum

The Hands on History Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into Victorian times, the story of Hull and also features the Egyptian gallery. This gallery is also home to a genuine 2,600 year old mummy and entry is free.

Hornsea Museum

Hornsea Museum

​A visit to Hornsea Museum is a step back into the past where you can enjoy the informal displays and relax in the garden. The museum is situated on Newbegin, for nearly 300 years it was tenanted by the Burn family.

Hull & East Riding Museum

Hull & East Riding Museum

Visit the Hull & East Riding Museum and enter a world where 235 million years of history is brought to life. From majestic mammoths to Saxon invaders, visitors can look forward to an experience that is unique, educational and fun.

Hull History Centre

Hull History Centre

The Hull History Centre brings together the material held by the city archives and local studies library with those held by the University of Hull. Staff at the centre also run regular events and activities throughout the year.

Hull Maritime Museum

Hull Maritime Museum

At the Hull Maritime Museum you can discover the whaler’s craft of Scrimshaw and see a full sized whale skeleton, alongside superb ship models and stunning artefacts from Hull’s whaling, fishing and merchant trade.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre has been built on the very site where the Viking-age city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago. Take a journey through the reconstruction of the streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th-century York.

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton’s Cave is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. The Petrifying Well, nestled within beautiful parkland, is a unique geological phenomenon that turns everyday items into stone.

Skipsea Castle

Skipsea Castle

Skipsea Castle is an impressive Norman motte and bailey castle, dating from before 1086 and among the first raised in Yorkshire. The castle was the residence and administrative centre of the lords of Holderness.

Streetlife Museum of Transport

Streetlife Museum of Transport

Climb aboard at the Streetlife Museum of Transport and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of the past. Step back in time with 200 years of transport history as you walk down a 1940s high street, entry is free.

Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum

Travel back in time to Victorian Leeds and walk through the dirty streets of 1842. Explore the fascinating world of surgery past and present, and discover how scientific breakthroughs have changed all our lives for the better.

The Bayle Museum

The Bayle Museum

The Bayle Museum is a Grade 1 listed scheduled monument situated in the Old Town of Bridlington, it houses a museum dedicated to the history of the town of Bridlington and includes life size figures and interactive games.

Wharram Percy

Wharram Percy

Wharram Percy is one of the largest and best preserved of Britain’s 3,000 or so known deserted medieval villages. The village was continuously occupied for six centuries before it was abandoned soon after 1500.

York Dungeon

York Dungeon

York Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that will take you back to the city’s darkest history. See, hear, smell and feel York’s stories come to life before your eyes as frighteningly funny characters transport you through time.

Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum is a living memorial to all allied air forces personnel particularly those during the Second World War, and especially the tens of thousands of young people who gave their lives in that conflict.

Yorkshire Waterways Museum

Yorkshire Waterways Museum

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum explores the unique story of Goole Docks, the Aire and Calder Navigation. Boat trips around Goole Docks run at weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.