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Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

Businesses across the Yorkshire Coast are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Please check the individual website for reopening dates, opening times and booking details.

We recommend you follow current public health advice and maintain social distancing.


The Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton is housed in a building once used as a charity school which was founded in 1704 by Michael Postgate, a local landowner. It was here, between 1736 and 1740, that Captain James Cook received his early education.

With the help of a Lottery Grant in 2012 the museum has been entirely refreshed and modernised. It features a reconstruction of a schoolroom of the early eighteenth century, when teaching methods were very different from today. Interactive displays about James Cook’s early life and education, and his later achievements provide enjoyment for the whole family.

As well as exploring the life of the famous seafarer, a Find Out More touchscreen and a new audio trail allow visitors to dig deeper into Great Ayton’s history and explore the surrounding village. Ask in the Museum for headsets.

The refurbished shop sells a wide range of gifts and books and a new staircase and lift provides easy access to the Museum.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs acceptedGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

2018 opening times -->
1st April - 31st October: 1.00pm - 4.00pm daily
July & August: 11.00am - 4.00pm daily


Free entry


101 High Street,
Great Ayton,
North Yorkshire,



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Map reference: NZ 561107  Lat: 54.48855 Long: -1.13550

By Road:
Situated on the high street close to the River Leven. Ample parking on the High street.

By Public Transport:
Bus routes 81/781 Stokesley, Great Ayton, Guisborough, Redcar and Warske.
29 Middlesbrough, Great Ayton, Stokesley.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Great Ayton station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired