Fees for children may have been axed at the National Railway Museum (NRM), but no Easter free-for-all is planned for children at other York tourist attractions, which do not benefit from the same Government subsidies.

As already reported in the Evening press, children will go free at the NRM and various other national galleries under a Government scheme to open up access to national collections.

But on the local front, WaterWorld at Monks Cross will be raising its entry fee to a holiday peak price of £4.10 for adults (up from £3.35) and £3.10 for children (£2.30) this Easter, and the Jorvik Viking Centre is putting up its rates for a family ticket on Thursday from £16.50 to £17 - although the child price remains frozen.

Jorvik spokeswoman Janet Baverstock said it was impossible to give children free admission: the centre, owned and operated by the York Archaeological Trust, did not have public subsidies available and had to survive on its income from admissions.

A WaterWorld spokeswoman said there were no plans for free admission for children: it was a commercial organisation without Government subsidy.

The Yorkshire Museum, where a special Monsters And Myths exhibition opens on Friday, is charging adults £4.25 for admission to the whole museum, and £2.70 for children, but with reductions for York residents with a York Card.

However, York Minster is reducing the fee for admission to the foundations and treasury museum to £1 for adults and 20p for children (usual price £2 and £1) from now until April 11, although they will be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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