York Castle Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY

Price guide: Mid-range

York Castle Musuem housed in the former courts and prison buildings.
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By David Cawley, your York expert

#1 of 20
expert-rated things to do in York
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Education, History, Sightseeing

Best for Culture - Expert review of York Castle Museum

A huge and joyous celebration of everyday life.

A knock-out museum that’s surely one of the best in the UK if not Europe, where the continual chorus of “I remember that” or “We had one of them” can be heard ringing out from many of its galleries. This is home too of ‘Kirkgate,’ the recreated and enclosed Victorian street open for business and offering a charming amble through the shops and services of York as it was 150 years ago.

Also here are Civil and Second World War galleries and actual, in-situ prison cells including the one where Dick Turpin spent his last night before hanging.

Price advice: 

Adults £8.50, concessions £7.50, children under 16 free. Wheelchair users accompanied by one carer are also free.

Keep your ticket once entry has been paid and you can then return to the museum as many times as you like over the following 12 months.
The York Museums Trust Pass includes entry here and to the Yorkshire Museum; adults £13, concessions £11, children under 16 free. Accepts Yorkshire Pass (See the Sights and attractions section on my York insider tips page for more details).

Expert tips: 
For a thorough exploration, expect to spend around at least three hours here.
Take a break in the cafe which separates the two main collections.
The rear courtyard offer kids the chance to let off some steam with a variety of outdoor bygone games.

More information on York Castle Museum:

Price guide:
Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY
+44 1904 687 687
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9.30am-5pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Kirkgate, social history, Dick Turpin

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