Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton – A Mumbler Review
Local Mumbler, Dawn, Went along to Murton Park so read here how she found it in the post lockdown world…
It was great to get back to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming again now that it has re-opened. On arrival the new coronavirus measures that have been put in place were explained to us. Hand sanitiser was available in the entrance & the test & trace system has been put in place. Staff are wearing PPE equipment. We arrived at 10am when it opened (on a week day) & were the first group of people to enter the museum.
The museum building has just re-opened & a one way system has been put in place & hand sanitiser is available in the entrance to the building. You can walk around the downstairs of the building to see the various tractors & farming equipment & then you need to exit out of the door at the back. To access the war memorabilia displays upstairs, you need to re-enter the building through the main door & then go up the stairs. It is not possible to access the stairs without exiting & re-entering the building due to the one way system that is currently in place. The museum was really quiet & we had the luxury of having the place to ourselves & it felt extremely safe. The only section that remains closed is the small soft play area.
Viking & Roman villages
The Viking & Roman villages are open as usual. We had lots of fun exploring in the houses, buildings & seeing the Viking longboat. Again we had the whole of the villages to ourselves and so we did not feel at all rushed when exploring in the villages.
Farm animals, Fairies & trolls
We loved going to see the animals! We were able to stroke the very friendly sheep & see the rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks & various breeds of hens. They all seemed happy to see visitors again!
We enjoyed looking for fairies & spotting the various fairy doors that have been decorated. We also looked for trolls when crossing the bridge!
The playground area is open as usual but entry is only through a small section close to where the animals are located. Hand sanitiser is available in the entrance & only one child/family group is permitted to use each piece of play equipment at a time. This seemed the most popular & well used part of the museum. The children had so much fun playing in the sand pit & playing on the climbing equipment, swings, slides & in the play house. The ride on tractors are not currently in use.
Derwent Valley railway
This is currently closed.
Picnic tables are available outside & are spaced out to maintain social distancing.
The cafe is now open for take away/eating outside from 10am – 2.30pm with social distancing measures in place.
Opening times are 10am – 4.30pm (last admission is at 3.30pm)
Adults: £8.00 Concessions: £7.00 Children: £7.00 Family: £25.00* * 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children (under 2s are free)
Prices are extremely reasonable as tickets are valid for a year (except for when the museum is closed during the winter months).
The toilet facilities are open as usual. Extra measures are in place such as disinfection to clean the toilets before/after use.