York Castle Museum | Day Out With The Kids

York Castle Museum

York, North Yorkshire, England

  • Displays at York Castle Museum
  • Outside view of York Castle Museum
  • Street view in York Castle Museum

Attraction Information

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Ages: 4+

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects and by recreating rooms, shops, streets and even prison cells.

The museum, which opened in 1938, was named after the former York Castle, which stood on the site. It is best known for its recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, which combines real shop fittings and stock with modern sound and light effects, to evoke an atmosphere of Victorian Britain.

Elsewhere are displays of historic toys, fashion, armour, weapons, tools, printing presses, cooking utensils, farming equipment and much more.

The museum's past as two prison buildings is explored in York Castle Prison, where visitors come face to face with ex-prisoners including highwayman Dick Turpin, who was hanged in 1739 for horse stealing.

Conditions in the overcrowded prison were harsh and brutal and the real stories of the prisoners and staff are told in sometimes gruesome detail, so watch out for that if your kids are a bit sensitive!

Turpin spent his last six months in the Debtors' Prison, which was built in 1705 and today houses half of the museum's displays. The other half of the museum was originally the Female Prison, built in 1783.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


Eye of York, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RY, England


Click here to visit York Castle Museum's website
01904 687687

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Closed 25th - 26th December & 1st January


General Admission
Adults: £10.00
Kids: Free

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