- Indoor and Outdoor
- Ages 4+
- Museums and Art Galleries
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.
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Closed 25th - 26th December & 1st January
Eye of York, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RY, England
WebsiteClick here to visit York Castle Museum's website.
Yes, there is parking nearby.
Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
Yes, there are baby changing facilities.
York Castle Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.
Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.
Yes, York Castle Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.
York Castle Museum has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.
York Castle Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.