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Located out to the east of York, just off of the A64 ring road, and close to the A166 road to Stamford Bridge, Murton Park is a little-known attraction but is filled with many attractions and facilities to entertain the whole family.

To give it its full name, Murton Park Yorkshire Museum of Farming is positioned in a 14-acre rural setting not far from the city of York. The collection of historic farming equipment is displayed throughout two main buildings, and also across the rest of the site. For example, The Four Seasons Gallery tells the story of the farming year from winter ploughing to autumn harvest, and the Livestock Gallery explores the rearing of animals and the produce they give to humanity.

The museum also has a large library and archive available for researchers and visitors by appointment. As a rural attraction, there is a good collection of livestock living on site and visitors can get close to the animals, and also spot plenty of other wildlife throughout the year too, from usual hedgerow birds, through to larger birds of prey such as grey herons.

Inside is the museum of farming which shows authentic rooms from the yesteryear as well as a soft play area for children aged 5 and under. Another indoor museum features farm-related toys and displays. With plenty of open space, Murton Park is great for letting off steam, especially with our adventure playground, toy tractors, and the Millennium walk around the site. The farmhouse café also has an outdoor dining area.

The cost of the ticket at Murton Park also provides you with a free ride on the Derwent Valley Light Railway which runs on Sundays and most bank holiday Mondays from spring until summer. The volunteer-run route is short but is unusual in that the line was never nationalised, and is sometimes referred to as the Blackberry Line, due to its association with transporting blackberries to market in London.

Outdoors are plenty of animals such as sheep, hens, goats and rabbits. Visitors aren’t allowed to feed them but most of them like to have a good stroke and a scratch! There is a small playground with a playhouse and features for younger children to explore and expel some energy. Murton Park also features a nature trail around the edge of the grounds with some areas of historical interest along the way. On the trail are also a variety of interactive fun elements such as musical instruments.

Murton Park also features a realistic replica of a traditional Viking village that has a number of houses to explore and see how people in the area lived during the medieval era. Also on the site are a Roman Fort and a Wild West village again with fantastic replicas of authentic buildings.