York Castle Museum

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  • Address: Eye of York, York YO1 9RY, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1904687687
  • Ticket Price: 9 GBP
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Specialty Museum

York Castle Museum - Review

York Castle Museum isn’t just going to show you the past - it’s going to let you be a part of it. The museum stands on the site of York Castle, built in 1068 by William the Conqueror. The present edifice used to be a Debtor’s Prison and the museum has used this disturbing detail to its advantage.

York Castle Museum covers major segments of English history in a creative fashion that makes for an absolute sensory delight. In different sections of the museum, visitors get to see, smell, hear, taste and touch the world as it used to be. There are rooms designed to showcase life and culture in different periods of English history. You will see Edwardian dining rooms, Victorian walkways and kitchens from the sixties all under one roof.

  • Kirkgate – Walk down the mock up for a Victorian street. You can walk into the shops and sample the luxurious fabrics and traditional pastries offered to you by actors in Victorian garbs. Take in the aroma of a culture and society long lost…including the pungent smell of horse shit and public lavatories. Aren’t we glad times have changed?
  • Prison Cells – Witness the hologram projections of prisoners who were incarcerated for petty crimes and now narrate their sad tales to you
  • The Sixties – The visual design, patterns and colours of this section present a brilliant mock-up of the Sixties in Britain. A functional jukebox, a Lambretta scooter, record players stocked with Beatles hits are some of the popular features here.
  • Toy Stories – The toys in this collection have been entertaining kids for over 150 years. See if you can point out something that looks familiar.

 'When the World Changed Forever’ – From June 2014, York Castle Museum has a new attraction. Marking the hundredth anniversary of the First World War this year, the museum will show you a peaceful pre-war era before taking you into the morbidity and gloom of the frontline and the immense changes it brought into the country’s daily life.

The York Castle Museum is a must visit attraction in the city of York of United Kingdom. It provides an interesting insight into the English history with its various artifacts and exhibitions. Because of its high popularity, it is better to buy tickets for York Castle Museum in advance and not waste time in lines. York Castle Museum tickets can be bought here and for checking the York Castle Museum ticket prices please refer to the tickets section. Tickets for York Castle Museum are easily available online.

York Castle Museum Information

  • The museum is a popular spot for school field trips. Visitors might find it crowded and noisy due to this.
  • If you have a York pass, you can enjoy a 10 per cent discount in the museum cafés
  • Some sections of the York Castle Museum cannot be accessed in a wheelchair.
  • Disabled friendly restrooms are available. 

York Castle Museum Ticket Prices

  • Visitors who have a York Pass get free entry.
  • The pass is valid for a year.
  • Entry is free for wheelchair users + 1 accompanying person.
  • Concessions on ticket prices are available
  • Tickets are not charged for children (under 16 years old) in a group

How To reach York Castle Museum by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Tower Street (TA) – 3. Clifford’s Tower – 42, 181. 

Restaurants Near York Castle Museum

  •  Postern Gate
  • Masons Arms
  • The Olive Tree
  • Quinii’s Restaurant

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TripHobo Highlights for York Castle Museum

  • York Castle Museum Address: Eye of York, York YO1 9RY, United Kingdom
  • York Castle Museum Contact Number: +44-1904687687
  • York Castle Museum Timing: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • York Castle Museum Price: 9 GBP
  • Time required to visit York Castle Museum: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting York Castle Museum

  • 77.17% of people who visit York include York Castle Museum in their plan

  • 85.14% of people start their York Castle Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see York Castle Museum

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

70.59% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting York Castle Museum

People normally club together Centurion Square and Cliffords Tower while planning their visit to York Castle Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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York Castle Museum, York Reviews

  • So much to get round I ran out of time! Definitely need to set aside a good couple of hours to get round the castle museum. The prison cells are great to look round and you can spend ages in there listening to stories of inmates. There's also lots of toys through the ages over the other side of the museum (which is split in 2 halves with the gift shop between!)

  • This place was not what I expected. We hadn't planned on visiting as we were on the tail end of our holiday and were tired of museums. We were walking along the York wall, saw it, and said, "what the hell". It is an eclectic collection of York and British history. I have never been in a museum like it. There is a little bit of everything. Historical outfits, toys, recreations of what York households looked at different times in history, and a whole section dedicated to what York city center looked like in Victorian times. Wow! It was worth my time, because one of the reasons I go to see items in museums is to imagine who used them long ago and this museum did a good job of helping me visualize that. There was an old postcard/or poster they had on display depicting the dangers of allowing women to ride bikes, I wish they had that in the gift shop. It was funny. Lots to see and I would go again to see more of it.

  • Spent an afternoon here today as it was very wet outside and we loved it. Very well set out and lots of very quirky and unusual things to look at, from the victorian Street to world war one and even old cells from the prison. entry price was 22 pounds for two adults and well worth every penny. If you like quirky and something different you will love it here, keep up the good work

  • Loved this museum. Really good value for money (kids under 16 go free) and not boring. Kept in good order, clean and tidy. Staff are helpful. Cafe serves good food and the toilets are clean. 👍👍

  • Loved learning more about the local history, and seeing the clothing and home fashions from days gone by! I also love the way the museum is presented in the style of the old fashioned shops and streets and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the prison cells! It was brilliant, the way so many true stories were brought to life! There are just a few negatives though- I would like to have learnt more about the chocolate factories and seen more locally produced goods in the gift shop. Plus, I really hate the way you are pushed out of places at closing time! Yes, we know you want to go home, but you should give reasonable allowance to those who are so close to the end of their visit and not just force them to leave. Overall though- a brilliant place to visit and definitely worth the £11 entrance fee!

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