York Castle Museum, York

4.5
#2 of 224 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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • This museum is the best that you can get for a tenner or so. Loads to see, do, smell and experience. Even better than last time. It's a really impressive place - leave a couple of hours. The Victorian Street is completely awesome. Only sad thing is we missed the cafe as it was shut by the time we finished and it looked gorgeous. Next time!
  • It's a great place for a day out with the family. Many things to see and do a very interesting place. They have a replica street with all the shops sounds and smells from the past. I would highly recommend a visit if your having a day out in York.
  • Wonderful visit to an incredible collection of history about, and beyond, York. Based in a pair of ex-prisons, the buildings themselves exude history and the displays put you right in the middle of the past through many eras. There's enough here to view and 'hands-on' exhibits to engage and inform all ages. Very reasonable prices for entry and fantastic staff, many of which are in period dress and character. I would recommend a trip here to anyone.
  • Plenty to see and do with a varied and interesting focus about our history. Worth the money and takes a few hours at least to go around. The staff are friendly and helpful!
  • Well worth a visit. Exelent value, fantastic displays, helpful friendly staff could easily spent all day discovering. Especially liked the story of fashion.

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