We are open daily from 9.30am until 5pm, except 25 and 26 December and 1 January, and will be closing at 2.30pm on 24 and 31 December.
Exciting Redevelopments at York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum is changing. A new exhibition 1914: When the World Changed Forever will be opening in 2014. This will be the first display in the museum's new temporary exhibition gallery.
The Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded York Castle Museum a £1.1 million grant towards the creation of these exciting new developments. As part of the work to prepare the Debtors' Prison our displays will be changing and work to the building will be taking place over the next few months.
There may be some disruption during your time with us but we hope you enjoy your visit and that you will return to see the new displays in 2014. Make sure you take advantage of our 12 month ticket offer - ask at the admissions desk for details.
Please Note: Visitors will still have access to our world famous Victorian Street - Kirkgate, the Prison Cells and the 60's Gallery throughout the redevelopments.
Adult - £8.50
Concessionary Adult - £7.50
Children under 16 - FREE ( this offer does not apply to organised groups or schools)
Residents with a valid York Card (issued after February 2011) - FREE
Wheelchair user plus one carer - FREE
Special 2013 Offer - £10 for two museums
This ticket covers entry to both York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum and lasts for a whole year (see Come Back for Free below).
This represents a saving of £6 on the full price for both museums for Adults and a saving of £4 for Concessions.
Adults and Concessions - £10
Children - FREE (see above)
Tickets are valid for 12 months, at no extra charge, so you can come back as many times as you like for a year.
Tickets are personal and not transferable so we just need to take your name and address (this information is not passed on or used for marketing purposes) and you may be asked for ID on your return visit. If, for any reason, you don't want to give your name and address, day tickets are available at the same price.
York Castle Museum guide book
Our new York Castle Museum guide book is a handy, hardback, full-colour publication.
It highlights interesting and unusual objects from around the museum, which reflect the huge variety of everyday items and one-off treasures on show.
The book costs £4 a copy and makes a delightful souvenir.
Our Castle Challenger activity guidebook is aimed at visitors aged six and up. It works like a game and visitors can score points as they tour the museum either on their own or against family or friends. It costs £2.50 and is available from the Admissions desk.
Backpacks are available to take younger children round the museum, as pushchairs cannot be taken around due to fire regulations.
There are baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet and the ladies' toilets close to the shop and also in the ladies' toilets off the Victorian Street.
The cafe has highchairs. Picnics can be eaten in the outdoor Exercise Yard, which is off the Ground Floor close to the York Castle Prison area.
We welcome Guide Dogs - no other animals are allowed entry to the museum.
Photography for personal use is allowed around the museum, but the use of tripods may be restricted when busy.
If you would like to request permission to publish images of our collection, use them commercially or enquire about copyright click here.
If you have any questions about visiting, telephone York Museums Trust on 01904 687687.
Yorkshire's Magnificent Attractions
York Castle Museum is proud to be associated with Yorkshire's Magnificent Attractions.
The group represents the best and most innovative attractions across Yorkshire.
"I recently spent five weeks visiting historical sites, including museums such as the British Museum and the V&A, all over England, and yours was by far the best regional museum I saw.
Well-designed and with a fascinating display of things I can actually remember! It was great to see this more recent memorabilia as well as the much older artefacts from hundreds of years ago.
A fantastically balanced collection!"
Visitor to York Castle Museum
"I took friends from Scotland round the museum and they were knocked out by the place. We especially enjoyed David and his lovely assistant in the demo kitchen who gave a wonderful exposition on early eating habits. Thanks for a great afternoon.