Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do

Ryedale Folk Museum is located in the pretty North Yorkshire Moors National Park village of Hutton Le Hole. If you visit on a nice warm day it also has one of the best spots for paddling in a stream in the area. You can find out more in my post about paddling with kids at Hutton Le Hole. We enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around the 20+ historic and reconstructed buildings that they have within the museum’s grounds.

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There are two car parks in Hutton Le Hole. There is a pay and display at the northern end plus pay and display in the pub car park that non-patrons can use. We didn’t have any trouble parking at 10 am, however, both car parks were pretty full by lunchtime. I paid £3 for all-day parking at the pub.

The Ryedale Folk Museum is situated next to the pub car park. Do be aware that the museum doesn’t have any parking of its own so you will need to park in one of the pay and displays.

Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do

The museum doesn’t look much from the entrance but that is just the shop. The museum itself stretches a long way back from here and has plenty to explore and look around. My son was offered a kid-friendly trail sheet but he declined. I was also offered an adult trail but I also declined. The toilets, should you need them, are located just outside of the shop within the museum’s grounds. The first set of buildings you come to are a small pretty street like area with shops.

The reconstructed buildings at the museum explore 4,000 years of life on the North York Moors and they are a great learning experience for kids. None of the buildings were closed and we could freely wander in and out of them. They have workshops, shops, a chemist, forge, carpenters shop and more. There are many different objects to look at within the buildings.

Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do
Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do

It is a really lovely place to explore. You can also imagine what life was like as some of the buildings are reconstructed homes. They have been set up how they would have looked in the past. Homes include a Victorian cottage, a Tudor thatched longhouse and a 15th-century crofter’s cottage.

Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do
Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do

My son loved ‘guiding’ me around the rooms and took on different personas inside each building. It was great for his imagination. As well as the historic buildings there was a labyrinth perfect for kids to run around in.

Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do

They also had an area set out with chickens, old carts, a gypsy caravan you can sit in and vegetable patches. They also have some rare-breed pigs with an honesty box and some food that you can feed them. We donated £1 which meant we could take 2 bags, the pigs were very appreciative of their food and it was good fun watching them eat. I think there should have been some chicken food as well but that was empty.

Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do

Right down at the end of the museum’s land, there is a roundhouse. This was incredibly dark inside and despite the warm weather outside, it was very cold inside. Just around the corner from here, there is a woodland walk that you can take.

They also had a small museum with various interesting pieces, a schoolroom, stables and a cute model village. Sadly, we couldn’t venture any further into the schoolroom which seemed a shame.

Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do
Ryedale Folk Museum Things To Do
Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum FAQ & Further Information

Address: Hutton-le-Hole, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6UA, North Yorkshire

Category – Museum – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

An adult standard ticket costs £8.75, children 4-15 £7, under 4’s are free. Once you have purchased your ticket you are then allowed to return as much as you like for free over the next 12 months. Online booking is not necessary.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Museum with over 20 historic and reconstructed buildings with plenty to see inside and out, a small model village, animals and more.

When are they open?

They are open from Mid May until Mid November.

Is there food available?

There is no cafe within the museum. They do have picnic benches and there are places in the village where you can purchase food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is parking. The charges are £9 for the day and you can park in as many different car parks as you like and move freely between the car parks.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Are they accessible?


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