York Castle Museum - Kirkgate scene
York Castle Museum - Kirkgate scene

One of the most popular visitor attractions in York is the York Castle Museum, which recreates daily life in England through the past 400 years. The museum is housed in Grade 1 listed 18th-century prison buildings.

The museum centres around two life-sized reconstructions of authentic street scenes. The first is the Victorian Kirkgate (so named after the originator of the museum, the Edwardian doctor, John Kirk). You can wander into shops, see a family at home, and call at the police station.

The second life-sized street is Half Moon Court, depicting daily life in Edwardian York. The "street" is built in the former debtor's prison, and you can visit the old prison cells, some of which house displays of authentic Yorkshire crafts and rural skills. Don't miss the cell where the famous highwayman Dick Turpin spent his last night before execution.

Dick Turpin's prison cell
Dick Turpin's prison cell

The museum is also home to the Jane Austen costume collection, and extensive social history, and military exhibits (and the children will love the giant dolls houses).

One nice feature is that as of this writing tickets are valid for an entire year from date of purchase, so you can come back again and again if you wish - and you probably will! You can also get a joint ticket for the Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum, which will save you several pounds on separate admission to each museum.

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About York Castle Museum
Address: Eye of York, York, Yorkshire, England, Y01 9RY
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: York Castle Museum
Email: enquiries@ymt.org.uk
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OS: SE605514
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express

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