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Places to visit on a rainy day in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:46 29 April 2016

Penguins at the Deep

Penguins at the Deep

The rain doesn’t have to put a dampener on your family days out as these magnificent locations show

The Deep
This Hull-based must-visit is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. It’s home to a whopping (or should that be sopping?) 3,500 fish, including a stunning pair of green sawfish, spectacular sharks and a aah-inducing colony of penguins.
You can book yourself a full-on Deep Experience, which means you get your own personal guide with a wealth of knowledge to share about the inhabitants of the many and varied tanks. You won’t be able to swim with the sharks, but you will be able to feed the lagoon animals.

National Railway Museum
Discover 300 years of history through a million objects that changed the world at the UK’s largest railway museum. It helps, of course, that a great many of those million objects are enormous (and enormously beautiful) locos with amazing stories to tell.
0844 815 3139; nrm.org.uk

Jorvik Viking Centre
More than 17 million people have journeyed through the reconstructed streets of Viking York in the last 30 years. Why not join the throng and experience life among the old-Norse speaking citizens (including the sights and smells – you have been warned).
01904 653511; jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Royal Armouries
Located in Clarence Dock, just a short walk from the centre of Leeds, the museum has more than 8,500 objects on display in five galleries looking at: war; tournament; oriental; self-defence; and hunting. There’s live jousting too – just to make sure you get the point.
0113 220 1999; royalarmouries.org

Scarborough Sealife Sanctuary
There are more than 50 separate displays of marine life at this lovely seaside sanctuary, including penguins, sharks, rays and enormous crabs. There’s also Yorkshire’s only seal hospital, where visitors can see rescue and recovery work going on at first hand.
01723 373414; visitsealife.com

National Emergency Services Museum
Feel like you’re in the thick of the action amid the sights and sounds (some of them very loud) of the largest volunteer-run museum of its kind in the UK. And yes, before you ask, there are lots of lovely fire engines.
0114 249 1999; emergencymuseum.org.uk

York Dungeon
Definitely one for teens only (and perhaps the occasional brave parent), this is a terrifying 75-minute journey into more than 2,000 years of truly horrible history. The 12 live shows are very, very dark, atmospheric and, at times, hilarious.
01904 632599; thedungeons.com


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