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York Castle Museum

Museum

The Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY

Tel: 01904 687687

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Kirkgate 2

About

Welcome to the award-winning York Castle Museum - come and immerse yourself in over 400 years of York's past. 

Come and see hundreds of years of York’s history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties.

There’s something for everyone this year at York Castle Museum. Our interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that really bring the past to life, and our new exhibitions promise fascinating displays and innovative new ways of learning about York’s past.

Don’t forget that kids go free with a paying adult – it’s the perfect family day out.

What's on:

New exhibition - Museum of Broken RelationshipsMarch 2019 - March 2020

Just as Britain is set to break up with the European Union, York Castle Museum brings a collection of stories and symbolic possessions to the city which relate to the ways we fall out of love.

Always heartfelt, sometimes humorous and often deeply moving, the collections from the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia, will be enriched with objects from York’s collections which illustrate a key moment in a relationship breaking down.

Kirkgate - The Victorian street that brings history to life

Step onto the cobbles of our Victorian street to meet  the local characters, visit the authentic shops and discover the weird and wonderful collections from this bygone era - from luxurious costumes to tasty traditional sweets and the pharmacist's unlikely 'cures'.

From the luxury of the rich to a darker world of poverty and disease, see how York's 19th Century residents lived, learned and entertained themselves.

York Castle Prison

The museum buildings were once a Georgian Prison, and down in the felons' cells lies a dark a brutal history - a time of rouges, thieves and murders. Visit our infamous residents and shiver at their stories of rough conditions, crooked justice and harsh punishments... watch out for the most notorious inmate of all - the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin

1914: When the World Changed Forever

From the recruiting office to te horrors of the front line, experience the objects and stories of the First World War. 

Castle Museum Shop

From traditional Victorian games and old-fashioned sweets to 60s books and stocking fillers. Young or old, you'll find that perfect gift.

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Opening Times

* Open daily from 9.30am - 5pm
Closed 25, 26 December & 1 January.

Guide Prices

YMT Card holders: FREE

Adult
Gift Aid Admission: £12.00 (25 years + over)
Standard Admission: £10.90

York Resident
Gift Aid Admission: £9.60
Standard Admission: £8.72

Student/ Young Persons
Standard Admission: £8.40

*Access Ticket: £6
**Child (16 and under): Free (16 and under)

Universal Credit Admission: £6

York Universal Credit: Free

Essential Carer (for carers who are accompanying a disabled visitor): Free

Group rates are available for groups of 10+. For further details please contact Group Bookings on 01904 687633.

SAVE MONEY by buying a new YMT Card to visit York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum. For more information please visit: http://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/ymtcard/

*Access Tickets: Up to 50% discount for disabled visitors, visitors aged 17-24 or in receipt of Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobs Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit or Income Support. Evidence of support may be required.
**Maximum four children per adult, additional children will be charged at £4.50 per child.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Awards

  • Trip Advisor AwardsTrip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Yorkshire AwardsLittle Vikings Winner Little Vikings Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:The nearest car park is the Castle car park, next to Clifford's Tower, which has 305 spaces. This car park is off Clifford Street, off the inner ring road, most easily reached from the A19 to the south of the city or the A1036 to the south west.By Public Transport:York Castle Museum is in the centre of York, close to Clifford's Tower and the Coppergate Shopping Centre. Follow the green pedestrian signs to the 'Castle Area'.It is 20 to 25 minutes' walk from York Railway Station.Park & Ride: With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier. www.yorkparkandride.co.ukAccessible by Public Transport: York station is 1 mile away.

Events

Friday, 22nd March 2019 - Sunday, 22nd March 2020

Museum of Broken Relationships
more info

Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Monday, 25th May 2020

Michael Lyons: Ancient and Modern
more info

Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Saturday, 2nd November 2019

York Castle Museum Haunted Halloween Tours
more info

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    Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Saturday, 2nd November 2019

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