- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
All staff are required to wear a mask when in public facing areas. Shift patterns have been altered and staggered to reduce contact as far as possible. We have hourly cleaning routines for all toilets and food outlets. A maximum capacity of 500 people has been introduced across the site, with a max. capacity of 16 in the gift shop to minimise queuing and abide by social distancing. Those that can work from home are doing so as much as possible.
This national award-winning museum presents the most comprehensive display of British civilian life during World War II, in the unique setting of an original prisoner of war camp built in 1942 to house Italian and German POWs. Life-size tableaux and dioramas incorporate sound, light and even smell effects to create the atmosphere of the 1940s. Other sections of the museum cover military and political events of the war, and British military history from World War I to modern warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. The museum also houses an extensive collection of military vehicles, artillery and associated equipment. Look out for the popular re-enactment weekends through the year.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Taped tours, Braille guides, free loan wheelchairs
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 2nd Mon in Jan-23 Dec, daily 10-5 (last admission 4)
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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