York Castle Museum, York

4.5
#2 of 180 in Museums in Yorkshire
Experience life in Victorian and Edwardian England at York Castle Museum. Housed in prison buildings within the York Castle complex, the museum features recreated scenes from the 17th to 19th centuries. Walk through Kirkgate, a Victorian street with buildings that feature period architecture, and visit rooms furnished in Victorian styles. See the Raindale Mill, a reconstruction of an 18th-century flour mill. The Cells exhibit educates visitors about prison life at the castle. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. Your admission ticket is personalized and good for free reentry up to 12 months after your initial visit. Add York Castle Museum and other attractions to your York trip itinerary using our York vacation app .
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  • August 20, 2017
    a fantastic place to visit and a look into the past, we spent a very pleasurable few hours in the museum and any visit to york should include this fantastic place,the lady and gent dressed in period c...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We visited this museum after our tour guide recommended, and boy are we glad we listened! There was plenty to see and do in this museum, especially for children. There were real shops where you can bu...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I would really recommend visiting this museum, especially if you have children, as there really is something for everyone. For adults it is pure nostalgia, as the chocolate exhibition, really interest...  more »
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  • We have enjoyed every minute of visiting the museum today. I love museums that offer children in for free, I was a child when I first ever experienced the museum and I never forgot it. I've always wanted to visit again and today I did with my own children. The staff were so friendly and helpful. There is so much to see and do.
  • Absolutely fantastic day out. Lots of interesting things. My favourite was a street from the past with fantastic little shops and a real atmosphere of old times. The sounds and smells made you feel like you've gone back in time.
  • A very good museum. Love the old hobbled street and weaving in and out to find all you can. The kids really enjoyed it and it offers a nice bit of nostalgia for any 70's 80's or 90's child too.
  • YORK MUSEUM OF HISTORY would be a much more accurate title. "Castle" I am sure misleads many people but probably increases the number of visitors. It was well done and interesting for the price paid. However if I had wanted a Castle experience like "Windsor Castle" I would have been terribly disappointed. One and a half hour visit... and we were ready to leave.
  • Amazing place we have been 7 times last year and probably the same this year. They also have a lovely cafe were you can get a decent drink and snack, I think they also do large meals.

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