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Update on York Castle Museum Partial Closure

Important Update on York Castle Museum

We have now completed surveys of the roof in the Female Prison side of York Castle Museum, which encompasses Kirkgate, the Period Rooms, Toys & Games Gallery and Shaping the Body. The survey has identified the need for mitigating work in some areas which will need to be undertaken over the coming weeks. This work will ensure that all roof supports reflect the most up-to-date structural guidance.

To ensure that we offer a safe and enjoyable space for our visitors and staff, the Female Prison side of the museum will remain closed until remedial work has been completed. The unaffected parts of the museum, including the original Prison Cells that once held notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, outdoor spaces, the swinging Sixties Gallery and the compelling First World War Gallery remain open. The café and shop are also open as usual. A reduced rate entry is on offer.

Sadly, this means that the Ghost Count will be cancelled which was scheduled to take place between 28 October and 5 November. We will be in contact with anyone who has pre-booked a ticket to the After-Hours Ghost Count event on Friday 3 November or who has pre-booked a daytime ticket over half-term. The Debtor’s Prison After-Hours Ghost Tour is unaffected and is currently fully booked.

We will be offering a half term programme for families in our other spaces, details of which will be published shortly.

We will provide an update on reopening the Female Prison when we are able to do so.