York Castle Museum, York

4.5
#2 of 222 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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  • The museum was extremely interesting with lots of artefacts to look at. The old streets were amazing with lots of history to look around! The staff there were very friendly and welcoming and had great...  more »
  • Best value museum in the whole of York. We were in their for 4 hours and could of stayed longer. Such a variety of things to see and do. Very interesting and the staff so helpful and knowledgeable. Th...  more »
  • What a great museum. Love the history and how the museum itself evolved. A great example of how folks lived before 1914 with the sample streets and business. The BEST WWI I have ever seen. Definitely ...  more »
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  • It really is York's 'Best day out in history'. The high points for me are: A very well resourced historical street with a series of shops and businesses set in different historical periods. Museum staff are dressed in costumes and uniforms of the period. The World War One exhibition is most informative, respectfully honouring those men and women who served and yet it is in neither triumphalist nor pacifist in tone. The prison section is well interpreted with actors being projected onto cell walls and seemingly interacting with visitors. All in all an excellent museum.
  • Absolutely brilliant, could easily have spent a whole day here, there is so much to see. Wet with kids, 9, 8 and 6 and wee all loved it, the first section is all about the history of york, Victorian era, a toy museum (where I was rather distressed to see quite a few of my childhood toys!) A section on the human body which we did skip over as it want really great for kids, then there is the street set up as a Victorian street, it was amazing, we arrived at this bit a tad late so most of the people in character had gone but the place was amazing! We didn't get as much time in the war section or prison section as the place was due to close, bit what we saw was brilliant. Definitely recommend, well worth the £20, but allow a whole day or at least most of it!
  • We popped in here whilst visiting York. We loved it, took my parents and children and more recently my grandchildren, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. There's so much to see, we really enjoyed looking through the different ages and the cells - very good would highly recommend for all ages and entrance is very reasonable. There is a cafe on-site for refreshments and public parking right outside
  • Great day out for the family!! Lot of different historic locations recreated. Very interesting, entertaining and educational. Cafeteria would benefit from a few more tables and more variety in hot lunches. Prices are quite reasonable, though.
  • My favourite museum in York. Cobble street is amazing. So many different parts to look at too. Staff very welcoming and helpful but not in your faces like other museums. Spent a many happy hour here. Lovely shop too with plenty of gifts and teddy bears. Sorry to the staff on the toy section when on my last visit in mid December I farted and nearly wipe you all out. A another must do at york.
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