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Group Visits, free entry

School Visits at Captain Cook Schoolroom

School Visits at Captain Cook Schoolroom


The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum has three main areas which are devoted to the schoolroom, Captain Cook’s career and the history of Great Ayton.

The focal point is the re-creation of the eighteenth century schoolroom. James Cook’s teacher can be seen sleeping in the loft above the classroom – one of so many elements contrasting with a modern school.

The museum also covers why we remember Captain Cook, with an interactive area devoted to his achievements.

The area devoted to Great Ayton’s development includes sections on key individuals and on the importance of extractive industries to the growth of the village.

We suggest that this area of study is taken beyond the building to make use of the historic village centre. Parties might be best divided into groups of about 14, so that whist one group discovers the museum, the others can explore the evidence for the changing nature of the village. Children enjoying trail of Great Ayton at the waterfall

To facilitate the exploration of the village, attendants can supply hand held devices, earphones and maps to support an audio trail.

An education pack has been produced to support teachers of key stages one and two. There is also a splendid booklet for teachers who wish to gain a more in depth knowledge of ‘The Education of Captain Cook.'

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

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