York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum reflects on everday life of the residents or York and the surrounding area. Kirkgate is an authenitc replica of a real Vistorian street, all the businesses in the street did exist in Victorian York! Toy Stories shows playthings through from the ages from Victorian dolls and a 100 year old carousel to the toys of the 60', 70's 80.s and 90's. Parents will have a great time reminiscing while younger members will recognise those toys that have really stood the test of time.
The York Castle Museum is housed in the 18th Century prison building, through out mush of the building you will not be aware of this, part of the original prison has been retained. Experience a brutal and crooked prison and meet the most notorious prisoner: the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin. York Castle Prison focuses on the lives of eight former inmates, including Turpin.
The prison runs an active events programme throughout the year.
Visiting York Castle Museum
Daily: 9.30am until 5pm, except 25 and 26 December and 1 January, and will be closing at 2.30pm on 24 and 31 December.
Child (under 16): FREE
Parking for Blue Badge Holders is available for up to 3 hours on the street outside the Museum.
The York Prison, Exercise Yard, and 1960's exhibition is fully accessible.
The Victorian street is accessible via a ramp.
The new 1914 exhibition is accessible, however only by one wheelchair at a time due to Health & Safety regulations.
All other areas of the museum are only accessible by stairs, all staircases do have handrails.
The main shop and cafe are fully accessible.
Contact York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum
Eye of York
Tel: 01904 687687
Website York Castle Museum
Upcoming Events at York Castle Museum
25th Oct to 2nd November
There are a some great activities relating to our fantastic new exhibition 1914: When the World Changed Forever. You can create your own medal. Get up close and personal to some First World War medals from our military history collection and learn the story of Pip, Squeak and Wilf, the medals awarded to those who served in the First World War. You can also learn how to bake ‘Trench Cake’ in the museum kitchen this half term.