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York Castle Museum


One of York’s true and magnificent visitor attractions, located in the heart of the historic City of York in North Yorkshire, the famous York Castle Museum is a ‘must visit’ for all who wish to take a trip down Memory Lane. 


Victorian Street – known famously world-wide and has been extended with backstreets and business properties

Fantastic collections to view including ‘The Sixties’, ‘York Castle Prison’ and much, much more

Thousands of everyday historical and genuine artefacts to view throughout the Museum

School Visits Welcome – Workshop Programmes available


Victorian style Pantry Shop

Main Shop – fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

York Castle Museum Guide available - a delightful souvenir of your visit to the Museum

Castle Café for home-baked cakes, soups, sandwiches, hot meals, teas, coffees and juices

Café fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Parking – cars with disabled parking permit can park on road outside Museum’s main entrance for 3 hours

With its famous recreated Victorian street, combining real stock and shop fittings with light and sound effects, evoking a Victorian Britain atmosphere perfectly, York Castle Museum displays thousands of household objects - settings include an 1850s Moorland cottage, Georgian and Jacobean dining rooms, a new 1960s gallery, a 1950s living room and 1940s kitchen.

Our special exhibitions include “Kirkgate” – our world-famous Victorian Street which has recently become extended, now featuring new back streets, a poverty stricken area, authentic business properties and thousands of genuine Victorian objects to view. This street even has its very own website and was originally built back in 1938 by Museum founder John Kirk. It is the oldest recreated street of all British Museums and has been charming visitors to York for nearly 80 years with its recreated shops, houses, businesses (such as candlemakers) and the famous Victorian cobbled street and large, luxurious Hansom Cab.

Other fantastic exhibitions include ‘York Castle Prison’, ‘The Sixties’, ‘Dark History’ (First World War exhibits), ‘Cradle to Grave’ (birth, marriage and death), ‘Seeing it Through’ (Second World War) and much more.

Adult £8.50, Concessionary Adult £7.50, Children under 16 are FREE (does not apply to schools or groups). Wheelchair user and one carer go FREE. Residents with valid York Card (after Feb 2011) go FREE.

Tickets are valid for a whole year – so after the first payment you can COME BACK FOR FREE as many times as you wish

Open every day from 9.30am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. We close at 2.30pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.


Special 2013 Offer - £10 for Two Museums (York Castle Museum and The Yorkshire Museum in Museum Gardens). See website for further information.

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