Stay a Little Longer

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Yorkshire Museum

Built on the remains of St Mary’s Abbey in the heart of York, the Yorkshire Museum is home to Britain’s greatest treasures.

Walk on a genuine Roman floor, marvel at Viking and Medieval treasures, and learn the stories of those who made York the city it is today. Travel back to prehistoric times with a meteorite that’s four and a half billion years old, a giant ichthyosaur, and mysterious finds from Star Carr, Britain’s most important Mesolithic site.

Until 5 November 2017, see two of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain in a new exhibition produced in partnership with the British Museum – Viking: Rediscover the Legend.

Featuring some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made, the exhibition explores how the Vikings transformed life in Britain with exceptional artefacts, ground-breaking new research, and cutting-edge virtual reality technology.

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York Explore

York’s iconic library building celebrates its 90 th birthday this year. With more than 430,000 visitors a year, York Explore is home of the City Archives and the flagship library for the city.

Why not step inside and challenge your imagination? Love reading and stories? Explore has daily rhyme times for babies and toddlers, Reading Challenges for older children and lots of book groups and bestselling author visits.

Fired up by technology? Try a coding club, find out what happens in our digital maker space and try digital making yourself. Get the whole family inspired by York’s amazing history. Activities such as Song Box and Map Attack bring history to life.

The Cafe at York Explore is family-friendly and offers ethically sourced local products to eat-in or takeaway at a great price. The community garden on Library Lawn is a perfect retreat from the busy city.