York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

Last Updated on March 1, 2024 by Suzy

York Castle Museum is consistently one of the best things to do in York according to TripAdvisor. The first displays are various rooms laid out how they would have looked many years ago. Toy Stories is an exhibition of toys from the past and present. In this area, there is a small play area for younger kids.

Things to do at York Castle Museum

The Victorian Street is incredibly authentic. They have people walking around in Victorian dress and ‘working’ in the shops too. There are authentic sounds playing and back alleys and shops to wander in and down. There is even a police cell and a schoolroom.

Over on the other side of the café, you enter a series of exhibitions focusing on World War One. Including a tunnel for kids to run through. There is also a 1960s exhibition. This is also set out like a street.

The final part of the visit is down in the prison. It reminded me a little of the prison in Lincoln Castle as most of the cells had films playing on the walls. The films were actors portraying prisoners and their stories. It is rather spooky and haunting.

Important Information York Castle Museum

Is there food and drink available?

There is a café onsite serving homemade cakes, sandwiches, hot lunches, snacks, hot and cold drinks and children’s sandwich boxes.

What are the main things to do?

museum with various exhibitions including a realistic Victorian street, a prison and a 1960s street. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

Tickets are cheaper online. An adult ticket online costs £13 and children are £6.50. Under 5s are free, . Once you have purchased your ticket you are entitled to return for free, over the next 12 months.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.

Is there parking?

There is a pay-and-display car park next to the museum and excellent park-and-ride services.

When are they open?

The museum is open for most of the year. For up-to-date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

Assistance Dogs are permitted but no other animals, are allowed entry to the museum.

Are they accessible?

Information on accessibility

York castle museum - Step back in time, family day out
York castle museum - Step back in time, family day out
York Castle museum
York Castle museum
York castle museum - Step back in time, family day out

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