York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum
The Eye of York
North Yorkshire






01904 687687


01904 671078

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Kirkgate, York Castle Museum's Victorian Street
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Take a journey through six hundred years of everyday life in Britain, from parlours to prisons, marriages to the mill house. Walk down cobbled streets, peer through windows of shops long gone and experience life in Victorian Britain.
Discover a city at war, see toys that children used to treasure and then venture into the prison cells where notorious highwayman Dick Turpin spent his last night. Young or old you'll never forget this journey to the past.

The collections at this museum are Designated Collections of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open Daily 9:30am - 5:00pm

Closed: 25 & 26 December, 1 January

Admission charges

Adult: £8.50
Child: FREE
Concessionary Adult: £7.50
Tickets are valid for one year.
(name and address is required for this offer as tickets are not transferrable)

Special offer joint ticket with Yorkshire Museum, York: £10

Special Rates for groups 10+

The entire collection of York Castle Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

It houses some of the country's finest collections of costume, textiles, military and social history. Kirkgate, the famous reconstructed Victorian Street that provides the core of the Castle Museum, is a milestone in the history of museums.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Agriculture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
From Cradle To Grave

From Cradle to Grave

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage - birth, marriage and death.

Visitors can see examples of many of the nursery and childcare items used during the last three hundred years including cradles, christening gifts and some superb christening gowns.

Outfits from our collection of wedding clothes make a centrepiece for our weddings theme, together with wedding gifts, trousseau items, and even a Victorian wedding cake.

An Edwardian hearse forms a dramatic centrepiece to the displays about death. There are mourning clothes and jewellery, a funeral biscuit, and coffin furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.


£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

The Sixties

The Sixties

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

The Sixties aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.

The gallery uses fascinating and iconic objects from the social history, art, fashion, military and astronomy collections to bring back the atmosphere of change which swept over the country during the 1960s. Highlights include a Lambretta scooter, a Dansette record player, Beatles singles and fashion by Mary Quant.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

York Castle Prison

York Castle Prison

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

Come and see York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in our special exhibition. Experience a brutal and crooked prison system and meet our most notorious prisoner: the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Bitter Sweet History - aspects of the British Slave Trade


Recognising how important the slave trade was to Britain and focussing on goods such as sugar which were related to the movement of slaves and their work on the plantations, also contains resources to support the teaching of the issues around Fair Trade and the many forms of slavery which still exist today.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Everyday Life in Victorian York

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times...”
Pupils experience opposite ends of Victorian society as they take a Grand Tour through the museum. To get an appreciation of the opportunities and limitations of the 19th century class system, all pupils will try their hand at doing the laundry, receive a short, sharp lesson in the Victorian schoolroom, explore the shops, businesses and factories in Kirkgate with a Gentleman guide and help make butter to be taken back to school.

How to obtain

Call 01904 650333 or email groupbookings@ymt.org.uk to book a 2 hour session, available 29 June-3 July 2009. Price £90 per class of 30. Visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/Page/WorkshopProgramme.aspx for more information.

Toys Through Time


A resource about toys past and present focusing on how toys move, and the materials from which they are made. There is a quiz at the end which can be used to reinforce what children have learned.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.