COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

York Castle Museum
Holiday Travel Guide

York Castle Museum showing street scenes

Go on a journey through history, from the Jacobean era to the Swinging Sixties, in this museum located in the former prison of an 11th-century castle.

Discover the many changing faces of York in the York Castle Museum, deep in the prison chambers of William the Conqueror’s castle. Built in 1068, the historic building now contains fascinating exhibits that encompass Jacobean and Victorian eras through to the 20th century.

An archeologist founded the museum in the 18th-century prison buildings in 1938. Get a sense of prison life as you walk through the eerie corridors. Tour the cells to hear stories of scary former prisoners.

There are several permanent galleries a selection of touring exhibits. Explore the Toy Stories section to see dolls, games and all manner of products that have entertained children over the past 150 years. Take the kids to the century-old carousel and the Teddy Trail play area.

The Sixties is another popular part of the museum. Learn about the huge changes that music and art brought to British society in the turbulent decade. Feel a sense of nostalgia as you look at a Dansette record player, Beatles singles and the retro marketing on food packaging and old TV footage. Climb inside the Mercury space capsule and get your picture taken holding a soccer trophy from the era.

Other highlights include a working clock from the 1780s, Victorian ice-cream makers and Kirkgate, a replica of a typical Victorian street.

Kids under 16 can enter for free with a paying adult. The museum is open daily year-round, with the exception of a few days during the Christmas season.

York Castle Museum is one of the many historic attractions located in the center of York. It lies on the west bank of the River Foss. Take a bus or taxi to this historic district to see the museum among other highlights, such as Clifford’s Tower, York Dungeon and The Shambles.

Top things to do in York Castle Museum

Top Trending Hotels Near York Castle Museum

The Grand, York
The Grand, York
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
The price is £179 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in the heart of York, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wheel of York, York Minster, and Jorvik Viking Centre. York National Railway Museum ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,430 reviews)
"Beautiful building & excellent location. Rooms were huge."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

The Grand, York
Novotel York Centre
Novotel York Centre
4 out of 5
Fishergate, York, England
The price is £76 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated on the riverwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre, and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
"An essential journey was met by friendly staff and nice comfortable stay"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2021

Novotel York Centre
Hotel Indigo York
Hotel Indigo York
4 out of 5
88-96 Walmgate, York, England
The price is £109 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in the heart of York, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Centre for Early Music and York Barbican. Jorvik Viking Centre and Shambles are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"Great stay lovely hotel! Only minor point was bed was very hard even with a mattress topper on."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Hotel Indigo York
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting York Castle Museum

What to Do in York in Spring

What to Do in York in Spring

What to Do in York in Spring
The Complete Guide to Craft Beer in York

The Complete Guide to Craft Beer in York

The Complete Guide to Craft Beer in York
13 Free Things to Do in York

13 Free Things to Do in York

13 Free Things to Do in York

Popular places to visit in York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Hotel Deals

The Grand, York
The Grand, York
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
The price is £179 per night from 17 May to 17 May
The Grand, York
Novotel York Centre
Novotel York Centre
4 out of 5
Fishergate, York, England
The price is £76 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Novotel York Centre
Hotel Indigo York
Hotel Indigo York
4 out of 5
88-96 Walmgate, York, England
The price is £109 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Hotel Indigo York
Hilton York
Hilton York
4 out of 5
1 Tower Street, York, England
The price is £101 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
Hilton York
Middletons Hotel
Middletons Hotel
4 out of 5
55-57 Skeldergate, York, England
The price is £107 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Middletons Hotel
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York
4 out of 5
89 The Mount, York, England
The price is £95 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York
Hampton by Hilton York
Hampton by Hilton York
3 out of 5
Toft Green, Yorkshire, York, England
The price is £62 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Hampton by Hilton York
Malmaison York
Malmaison York
2 ROUGIER STREET, York, England
Malmaison York
Judges Lodgings York
Judges Lodgings York
5 out of 5
9 Lendal Way, York, England
The price is £165 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Judges Lodgings York
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.