York Castle Museum

Halloween at York Castle Museum

This half term, York Castle Museum invites you to join us for two new and exciting Halloween experiences.

Our family tour will lead you through the history of Halloween, looking at past beliefs about witches and evil spirits, as well as the origins of Halloween party games and traditions. Whilst another is adults only, as we explore the stories of women labelled as witches, imprisoned here at York Castle, put on trial and even executed!

 

Halloween Traditions Family Tour

£8 per person, Monday – Saturday, various times.

Discover the history of Halloween Traditions this October half term! This half hour guided tour is for young children and their adults. It will lead you through the history of Halloween, looking at past beliefs about witches and evil spirits, as well as the origins of Halloween party games and traditions such as trick-or-treat 

This tour will take place in our Period Rooms and Toy Stories Galleries

Please read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page.

Book your tickets here.

 


The Witches Curator Tour

£18 per person, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, various times.

From the witchcraft craze of the early seventeenth century to the sensationalist broadsheets of the early 1800s, many Yorkshire women have been labelled witches. Some were imprisoned at York Castle, put on trial, and even executed. But did people really believe they had supernatural powers 

This tour will explore the stories of some of those women, including Jennet Preston who was the only person from the famous Lancashire Witches of 1612 to be tried at York, and Mary Bateman, a spiritualist and convicted thief who was executed for murder in 1809, and who the public termed the Yorkshire Witch. We will look past the sensationalist headlines to ask who these women really were, and what led them to York Castle 

This tour is for older teens and adults, and is not suitable for children. It will last one hour, and takes place partly outside. Please dress for the weather.  

Please read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page.

Book your tickets here.

 


Please note for both tours:

  • Your ticket is for the tours only. With current guidelines we are only operating tours rather than standard museum entry to make the experience as safe as possible. Once your tour is finished you will need to exit the museum.
  • Both tours involve multiple sets of stairs
  • Please book one ticket per person – children under five don’t need a ticket.
  • When booking your tickets please select the amount of tickets needed for your whole group. If you cannot select the full amount of tickets required then unfortunately there are not enough tickets available.
  • All bookings for the tours are non-refundable.
  • We would ask that visitors wear a face covering when visiting the museum.
  • If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your timeslot, unfortunately we won’t be able to guarantee entry. This is to help us keep the tours running on time and to keep everyone safe by maintaining visitor numbers at the required levels.
  • Please have your printed ticket or QR code on your device ready to show staff.
  • We have made some changes at the museum to make your visit as safe and as relaxing as possible. This means that some things may be different than you’re used to. Please follow the advice and guidance of our Visitor Experience Team, who will be happy to answer any queries.
  • Please follow social distancing and government guidelines.