York Castle Museum, York

York Castle Museum, York (must see)

York Castle Museum was built on the site of York Castle. York Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. However, York Castle fell into ruins, and two prisons were built using stone from the ruined castle.

The York Castle Museum is located in the two former prisons, which are now connected by a gallery. The Debtor's Prison is a three-story building completed in 1705. The Female Prison was completed in 1783. Dick Turpin, an infamous highwayman, was captured and imprisoned in The Debtor's Prison.

The Raindale Mill was moved to the museum grounds in the 1960s. This reconstructed 19th-century flour mill was used to grind grain into flour.

The museum was founded in 1938 by John L. Kirk. Kirk had a large collection of Social History items he wished to display, and the City of York decided to collaborate with him. Kirk recreated a Victorian street to display his various Victorian items. The Toy Stories exhibition focuses on the history of children's toys. The Sixties exhibition tells the stories of that radical decade. The Cells tells stories of life in The Debtor's Prison and The Female Prison. 1914: When the World Changed Forever commemorates World War I. Finally, Shaping the Body: Food, Fashion & Life focuses on the fashion industry.

Why You Should Visit

The York Castle invites visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in Victorian History. Instead of seeing objects in glass cases, visitors can see historic items set amongst a shopping street.

Tip:
Try to time your visit with the half-hour guided tour through Kirkgate (very interesting and informative) and take some 20p coins to have a go on the machines from the old days.

Opening Hours: daily: 9:30am-5pm

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York Castle Museum on Map

Sight Name: York Castle Museum
Sight Location: York, England (See walking tours in York)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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