York Castle Museum, York

4.6
#2 of 247 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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  • Much to see in this fascinating place with a focus currently on the 1960’s and the First World War but the star attraction is the Victorian Street! Knowledgable guides to explain what you might otherw...  more »
  • Spent about three hours here and good easily have stayed another hour or so. Split into two parts the first part tells the story of York castle and has the fantastic and authentic Victorian streets wi...  more »
  • So much stuff to do in this museum. Went with my husband and spent about 2 hours in here and it was very informative. Loved the victorian Street and the toy stories section. And we went into the priso...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this experience! I hadn't intended to go in, but found myself in the area and decided to look in. Huge place, so allow a good three hours at least for proper appreciation. Great facilities. My favourite part was the interactive street scene where you could just wander in and out of all the buildings. Really fired the imagination! Very authentic, even down to the street smells. Amazing immersive experience. The reconstructed period rooms, you could just lost yourself in. The World War I exhibition was also a nice surprise. Wandering round the prison was quite fun and spooky. So worth a visit if you're in York, and easy to get to on foot especially if you're walking the wall. Really made my day.
  • A really well preserved set of exhibits. We loved going through the examples of living rooms and kitchens from past decades. Loved looking back at the toys we played with and our grandparents played with. The prison was fascinating and we always had a member of staff nearby to ask questions.
  • Great place. At times you feel like you have gone back in time. All kinds of neat things to see 😊. Great place to take pictures to show folks back home. Some staff are in period clothes and they love to talk with you.
  • Such a great day out for the whole family. Well worth the money. There was something for everyone, and we all have different interests. I love the way they break up the museum with different areas for the younger children. Just as my 2 year old was getting restless, there seemed to be a station with toys or colouring just around the corner each time. My 6 year old really enjoyed it as well.
  • Loved this museum for the most part. I enjoyed several areas of the museum, in particular the period room displays, the toy exhibition, and especially the Victorian street, which actually changes from day to night and back again and is very atmospheric. The cafe was very busy and there was not a lot of variety of food so if I were to go again I'd take a picnic.
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