York Castle Museum



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Fascinating exhibits are imaginatively displayed through reconstructions of period rooms and Victorian indoor streets – complete with cobbles and a Hansom cab. There’s masses to see here – and your ticket covers you for 12 months, so come and enjoy it a bit at a time. The museum is housed in the city’s former prison and is based on an extensive collection of ‘bygones’ acquired at the beginning of the 20th century. It was one of the first folk museums to display a huge range of everyday objects in an authentic scene. The Victorian street includes a pawnbroker, a tallow candle factory and a haberdasher’s. There is even a reconstruction of the original sweet shop of the York chocolate manufacturer, Joseph Terry, for you to explore. An extensive collection of many other items ranges from musical instruments to penny-in-the-slot machines. The museum has a fine collection of militaria, and a special exhibition called ‘Seeing it Through’ explores the life of York citizens during World War II.

York Castle Museum
The Eye of York, YORK, YO1 9RY
Phone : 01904 687687


  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Main galleries accessible, no access up stairs
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 9.30-5. Closed 25-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About The area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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