FAQs - Murton Park


Here are our frequently asked questions


What animals do you have at Murton Park?

We look after a family of farmyard animals, from Nubian goats to Badger Face lambs. Our animals are subject to change throughout the year and you can find our animal activity licence here.

Can I pet the animals?

Most of our animals are friendly and it’s tempting to give them a stroke (oh those puppy eyes!). Please wash your hands at the hand wash areas after touching the animals or their pens.

At the moment we don’t have dedicated animal petting activities and facilities – but we’re looking into it! As we’re a charity, we’re constantly making improvements as support for Murton Park grows. Every donation brings us closer to making new changes.

Do I need to pay extra to feed the animals?

Feed is available to buy from the shop for £1 a bag.

Can I bring my own animal (say an adorable dog?)

If you would describe your dog as “well-behaved” and happy to stay on a lead throughout the visit, then yes, bring them along.


Is there fun stuff for preschoolers?

Yes – we’ve got something for every age! Our youngest visitors love playing on the ride-on tractors, making potions in the sand kitchen, and scribbling on activity sheets.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, we have picnic tables by our playground where you’re welcome to eat your own food and drink. However, only food bought from our Yorkshire Barn Café can be eaten in the café area.

Do I need to pay extra for monthly events like craft club and Lego club?

Most activities and events are included with your ticket, including our monthly clubs. And because each ticket is an Annual Pass, you can visit as many times as you want within 12 months. We’re all about family value!

What about seasonal events?

Some events, like our sell-out Christmas experience, are available at an extra charge. If this is the case, it will always be made clear at the time of booking.

Are your facilities accessible and Makaton-friendly?

We’re proud to be York’s first Makaton-friendly family attraction. We work in partnership with Makaton tutors and have been awarded the Bronze Makaton Friendly Accreditation. This means that you’ll find signs and symbols used across our site to help visitors with learning and communication difficulties and our Front of House team are trained to welcome visitors and help them find their way around.

Museum Of Farming

Is the Yorkshire Museum of Farming open year-round?

Yes, it’s on display year-round and can be explored every time you visit.

How can I access the upper floor?

We have a lift on-site in our museum. If you need any further support with access let our helpful staff know.

How do I access the archives?

If you want to schedule an appointment to view the archives call us on 01904 489966 or email us to arrange.

Who were the Women’s Land Army?

Great question! The Women’s Land Army was a British civilian organisation created during both World War I and World War II to work in agriculture. As the name suggests, it was made up of mostly women who replaced men called up to the military. Members of the Women’s Land Army helped boost food production by working on farms, cultivating fields, and caring for livestock, playing a crucial role in maintaining the nation’s food supply during the wars.

Do I have to prebook my visit to the Yorkshire Farming Museum?

Your Murton Park ticket price includes entry to the museum, there’s no need to book.

Derwent Valley Light Railway

Do trains run daily?

Not every day! Trains run on most Sundays and Bank Holiday weekends (Sat-Mon) from February Half Term to December (passenger train schedules are subject to safety regulations and weather conditions).

If you are solely visiting Murton Park to ride on our heritage railway then please call before travel to ensure that the train is operating on that day (for the latest updates, follow us @murtonpark).

Can I just visit the railway?

You’re welcome to spend your time at Murton Park however you want – that’s the beauty of our historical grounds! But you still need to purchase an entry ticket to gain access to the DVLR.

Do I need to book my train ride in advance?

Nope, on days the railway is running, simply show up and queue for your ride.


How many pupils can you accommodate on-site?

Our on-site Roman, Viking and Saxon activity days comfortably cater up to 65 pupils, and require 1 accompanying adult for every 10 pupils.

Our Home Front and Prehistoric activity days cater up to 36 pupils, and require 1 accompanying adult for every 10 pupils.

Do we need to pay a deposit?

A 25% deposit is required to secure your school activity day. We will then send you a VAT receipt.

You will be sent an invoice for the final balance, to be paid 4 weeks before your scheduled visit.

Do you have parking on-site?

Yes, we’ve got a free car park with ample space for minibuses, cars, and coaches.

Can you create a bespoke experience for our school?

As our school activity days are enjoyed by over 20,000 students a year, we know how to blend education with engagement with our time-tested formats and talks.

Do you provide food with your experiences?

We ask that  pupils bring their own packed lunches. Teachers are provided with tea/coffee and we have a café on site if you/your pupils need anything extra.

Do you offer any shorter talks in-school, say for an assembly?

We always recommend a minimum of 2 hours for our in-school talks, so that pupils can really get a sense of the history and experience “a day in the life” of our costumed guides.

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