Learn about Britain’s past at York Castle Museum

Resurrect the past and explore history at York Castle Museum. This is a unique and fascinating museum with many genuinely fantastic exhibitions focusing on things like Victorian York, an 18th Century Prison and the first world war. If you’re in York and you have an interest in history, then York Castle Museum is truly a must see.

What is Kirkgate Street at York Castle Museum?

Kirkgate is a recreated Victorian street which has become the most iconic part of York Castle Museum. The street is one of the oldest recreated indoor streets of its kind in the world, possibly the oldest, and the first to be opened in Britain. It was created by Dr John Lamplugh Kirk, the founder of the Castle Museum. Named after him, it formed the centrepiece of the museum when it opened in 1938.

While you’re in the museum, make sure you check out the ‘York Castle Prison’ exhibition. The museum is housed in 18th century prison buildings and now you can get a flavour of what life was really like in the original cells and see some of the most infamous inmates brought to life in this fascinating exhibition. Experience a brutal and crooked prison and meet their most notorious prisoner: the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin. Other amazing exhibits include ‘York’s Jewish Story: 1170 to Present’, ‘Shaping the Body: 400 Years of Fashion, Food and Life’, ‘1914: When the World Changed Forever’, ‘The Sixties’, ‘Toy Stories’ and ‘Raindale Mill’.

  • Monday – 11:00 to 20:00
  • Tuesday – 11:00 to 20:00
  • Wednesday – 11:00 to 20:00
  • Thursday – 11:00 to 20:00
  • Friday – 11:00 to 16:00
  • Saturday – 11:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday – 11:00 to 17:00

Please book online in advance or at the reception upon arrival.

  • Adult – £13
  • Senior – £13
  • Child – £6.50 Annual Ticket
  • Young Adult (17 to 24 years) – £11.70
  • Students – £11.70
  • Under 5s – FREE!

Check out things to do nearby...