York Castle Museum, York

4.6
#2 of 246 in Museums in Yorkshire
Experience life in Victorian and Edwardian England at York Castle Museum. Housed in prison buildings within the York Castle complex, the museum features recreated scenes from the 17th to 19th centuries. Walk through Kirkgate, a Victorian street with buildings that feature period architecture, and visit rooms furnished in Victorian styles. See the Raindale Mill, a reconstruction of an 18th-century flour mill. The Cells exhibit educates visitors about prison life at the castle. The museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibits. Your admission ticket is personalized and good for free reentry up to 12 months after your initial visit. Add York Castle Museum and other attractions to your York trip itinerary using our York vacation app .
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  • We loved this place and would love to go again. So many interesting things and we even enjoyed the children's quizzes. We had limited time and instantly regretted not allowing more time. Perfect excus...  more »
  • This is such a great place to visit its family friendly and well set out. We especially loved the mock up rooms and Victorian streets that incorporated sounds and smells. The holograms in the prison c...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this experience! I hadn't intended to go in, but found myself in the area and decided to look in. Huge place, so allow a good three hours at least for proper appreciation. Great facilities. My favourite part was the interactive street scene where you could just wander in and out of all the buildings. Really fired the imagination! Very authentic, even down to the street smells. Amazing immersive experience. The reconstructed period rooms, you could just lost yourself in. The World War I exhibition was also a nice surprise. Wandering round the prison was quite fun and spooky. So worth a visit if you're in York, and easy to get to on foot especially if you're walking the wall. Really made my day.
  • A really well preserved set of exhibits. We loved going through the examples of living rooms and kitchens from past decades. Loved looking back at the toys we played with and our grandparents played with. The prison was fascinating and we always had a member of staff nearby to ask questions.
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