Tickets to the York Castle Museum

About York Castle Museum

Pre-booking tickets for the York Castle Museum was not mandatory, particularly for individual visits. Visitors could typically purchase tickets upon arrival at the museum entrance.

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The length of a tour at York Castle Museum can vary depending on individual interests and the depth of exploration. On average, visitors typically spend around 1.5 to 2.5 hours exploring the museum. However, those with specific interests in certain exhibits, historical periods, or participating in various activities might spend more or less time.

How long is York Castle Museum tour?

The York Castle Museum receives visitors every day of the week. The museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. On Mondays, you can enter the museum from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

During school holidays, the museum's opening times on Monday are the same as for the rest of the week.

We recommend visiting the museum no later than 2:00 PM. That way, you have enough time to see everything the museum has to offer, and you can enjoy it without crowds.

Founded in 1938 by John L. Kirk, this museum gives you a chance to experience York's evolution through time. The museum occupies the prison buildings of York Castle, built by William the Conqueror. There are many exhibitions available at the York Castle Museum; here are just some of them:

  • Kirkgate. The Victorian Street. Take a step on the cobblestones of a lovingly recreated Victorian street with shops that were actually in business in York during the Victorian Era. Kirkgate is the calling card of the York Castle Museum.
  • York Castle Prison. You can explore the lives of the former inmates of this prison. The most notorious among them is Dick Turpin, a legendary highway robber.
  • 1914. When the World Changed Forever. This exhibition gives you a chance to see life before and during WWI.
  • The Sixties. Explore the spirit, culture, and history of the 1960s via this exciting exhibition.

It takes about 20 to 25 minutes to walk to the museum from York Railway Station. You only need to follow the green pedestrian signs to the 'Castle Area.'

Alternatively, you can reach the museum via the Tower Street bus stop; it's about 150 meters away from the museum.

FAQ about York Castle Museum

It's cheaper to book the tickets online than at the museum. Here are some of the visitor categories and prices for their respective tickets:

  • Adult/Senior: £13/£14 (online/in person)

Access for one adult for 12 months.

  • Child: £6,50/£7 (online/in person)

Access for 12 months for one child (5 to 16 years old). An adult must accompany the child.

  • Young Person’Student: £11,70/£12,60 (online/in person)

Access for 12 months for one young person (17 to 24 years old) or a student. A valid ID is required.

  • People with Reduced Mobility: £6,50.
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