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York Castle Museum

The Eye of York, YORK, YO1 9RY

Fascinating exhibits are imaginatively displayed through reconstructions of period rooms and Victorian indoor streets - complete with cobbles and a Hansom cab. There's masses to see here - and your ticket covers you for 12 months, so come and enjoy it a bit at a time. The museum is housed in the city's former prison and is based on an extensive collection of 'bygones' acquired at the beginning of the 20th century. It was one of the first folk museums to display a huge range of everyday objects in an authentic scene. The Victorian street includes a pawnbroker, a tallow candle factory and a haberdasher's. There is even a reconstruction of the original sweet shop of the York chocolate manufacturer, Joseph Terry, for you to explore. An extensive collection of many other items ranges from musical instruments to penny-in-the-slot machines. The museum has a fine collection of militaria, and a special exhibition called 'Seeing it Through' explores the life of York citizens during World War II.

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£9.09 (ch under 16 free with full paying adult). Access day ticket £5. YMT card holders free

Opening times

Open all year, daily 9.30-5. Closed 25-26 Dec & 1 Jan
Average visit 2.5hrs




Partly accessible. Main galleries accessible, no access up stairs

York Castle Museum


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City centre, next to Clifford's Tower

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