Museums of York Tour, York

Start your tour of York’s museums at York Castle. See Kirkgate and enjoy the elegance of the Fairfax House. Be a guest in a Viking village and be sure to stop at the Yorkshire Museum to see its Roman and medieval exhibitions. Discover the city's recent history at the National Railway Museum, the largest railway museum in the world. Take this tour to become acquainted with York’s colorful history.
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Museums of York Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums of York Tour
Guide Location: England » York (See other walking tours in York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: val
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York Castle Museum

1) York Castle Museum (must see)

York Castle Museum is located on the site of York Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The museum itself was founded by Dr. John Kirk in 1938, housed in the castle’s Debtor’s Prison and Female Prison, constructed in the 18th century. The museum's displays include period rooms such as a Victorian parlor and a Jacobean dining room, displays of everyday life in Dr. Kirk's Gallery and the Hearth Gallery, and craft workshops in the cells of the Debtor’s Prison. There is...   view more
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Fairfax House

2) Fairfax House (must see)

The Fairfax House, designed in a fine Georgian style, was built in 1762 as a dowry for Anne Fairfax, daughter of Viscount Fairfax. The house’s interior is the masterpiece of John Carr, the most eminent architect in York at the time. In 1982 the house was restored by the York Civic Trust and it became, as mentioned in the best-selling book England’s Thousand Best Houses, “the most perfect eighteenth century townhouse to come across anywhere in England.” Discover its decorative flourishes...   view more
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York Dungeon

3) York Dungeon (must see)

York Dungeon depicts local horrible history using actor led shows, special effects and displays of models and objects.

York Dungeon was opened in 1986. It was the second Dungeon attraction created, the first being the London Dungeon in 1974.

The dungeon operates on the basis of tours which start every 7 minutes and last between 1 and 1.5 hours. In these tours visitors are led around a sequence of shows and exhibitions which are loosely based on historical events and practices.

The Great...   view more
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Jórvík Viking Centre

4) Jórvík Viking Centre (must see)

Between 1976 and 1981, prior to the building of the Coppergate Shopping Centre (an open-air market now occupying the site), the York Archaeological Trust conducted extensive excavations in the area. Well-preserved remains of timber buildings of the Viking city of Jórvík were discovered, along with workshops, fences, animal pens, privies, pits and wells, as well as various artifacts such as pottery, metalwork and bones. In all, over 40,000 objects were recovered. The excavated part of Jórvík...   view more
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St. Margaret's Clitherow Shrine

5) St. Margaret's Clitherow Shrine

In 1970, Pope Paul VI created St. Margaret's Clitherow Shrine. The story of her life is told on a plaque created by the Catholic Women's League, to which Margaret is the patron saint. She lived during the time of Queen Elizabeth I’s rein. Born into a family of Protestants and married to a Protestant, she discovered the Catholic faith, helping fugitive priests. The Clitherow home was one of the main places of refuge for Catholics in England. The museum offers a chance to see the...   view more
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Richard III Museum

6) Richard III Museum (must see)

The Richard III Museum is located in the Monk Bar, the tallest of the four gatehouses. It is dedicated to the life of Richard III, the last king of the Plantagenet Dynasty. Visitors to the museum are asked to consider the alleged guilt of King Richard for the murder of the Princes in the Tower. The facts of the case are presented, and it is made clear that much of the evidence against Richard was propaganda encouraged by the Tudor Dynasty. The museum contains a medieval execution chamber, a...   view more
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Barley Hall

7) Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse. Originally built around 1360 by the monks of Nostell Priory, it was later extended in the 15th century. The property went into a slow decline and by the 19th and 20th centuries heavily sub-divided and in an increasingly poor physical condition. It was bought by the York Archaeological Trust in 1987, renamed Barley Hall, and heavily restored in a controversial project to form a museum.

On the ground floor, Barley Hall comprises a number of...   view more
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Yorkshire Museum

8) Yorkshire Museum (must see)

The Yorkshire Museum is the home of the Cawood sword, and has four permanent collections, covering biology, geology, archaeology and astronomy. It underwent a major refurbishment from November 2009 to 1 August 2010, with major structural changes and a re-development of all existing galleries.

The four permanent collections at the museum all have English designated collection status, which means they are "pre-eminent collections of national and international importance". The...   view more
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National Railway Museum

9) National Railway Museum (must see)

The National Railway Museum was established on the site of the former York North locomotive depot in 1975. It exhibits a collection of over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock, virtually all of which either ran on the railways of Great Britain or were built there. As well, it displays hundreds of thousands of other items and records of social, technical, artistic and historical interest. It is the largest museum of its type in England. It attracts more visitors than any...   view more
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Micklegate Museum

10) Micklegate Museum (must see)

The Micklegate Museum, located in Micklegate Bar, is dedicated to a truly gruesome page in York's history. The decapitated heads of traitors were once displayed outside the bar. It came to be known as the “Calvary” of Henry Percy, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, Richard Plantagenet and Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland.

Operation hours: April - October: 10 am - 4 pm; November - March: 11 am - 3...   view more

Walking Tours in York, England

Create Your Own Walk in York

Create Your Own Walk in York

Creating your own self-guided walk in York is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Medieval Churches of York Tour II

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Bridges of York Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Established by the Romans as early as the 1st century AD, the walled city of York breathes history. York Minster, the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, Jórvík Viking Centre, and the National Railway Museum carry much legacy of the city's turbulent past, while the Stonegate street reveals York the way it is today. Follow this orientation walk to explore York in its variety.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Pubs of York Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Historic Architecture of York Tour

Historic Architecture of York Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
York Gift Shops Tour

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Start this tour with Woodcarvers of the Shambles and visit Mulberry Hall to see its exclusive collection of fine china, crystal, cutlery and cookware. Drop in at Bettys Café Tea Rooms and try the famous Yorkshire tea. Be sure to see Christmas Angels, the York Minster Shop and other great shops in this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km