Visitor Information for York Castle Museum

Visitor Information

Click here to view our current leaflet.

Click here to view a map of the museum.

Opening Times

Open daily: 9.30am – 5pm

Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Early closing at 2.30pm: 24 and 31 December.


Bags and Luggage

At times for additional security we may implement bag checks at the museum. At the moment we haven’t storage locker facilities so we ask that suitcases and large pieces of luggage, including shopping trolleys, are not brought onto site. We recommend the use of Yorbag for any luggage storage needs. Please contact us if you require any further information.


Approximate length of visit: 2.5 to 3 hours.



YMT Card Holder                                         FREE

Adult (with 10% Gift Aid Donation)  £11.00

Adult (without donation)                        £10.00

Child (16 and under*)                                 FREE with a paying adult

Access Day Ticket**                                    £5.50

York Resident***                                          £8.00


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YMT Card

With a YMT Card, you can enjoy unlimited access to York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery for a whole year, discounts in our shops and cafes, invitations to private views and more…

YMT Card: £22 / £20 by annual Direct Debit
Access YMT Card: £11 / £10 by annual Direct Debit**
York Resident YMT Card: £11 / £10 by annual Direct Debit**
York Resident Access YMT Card: Free***

*Up to four children free per one paying adult. Additional children aged 5-16 will be charged at £4 per child.

**Our Access YMT Cards and Tickets are for visitors who are able to demonstrate that they are either aged 17-24 or in receipt of Pension Credit, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, or Income Support. York Museums Trust is a charity which is committed to providing access to everybody.

***York residents must be able to demonstrate that they live within the City of York Council local authority boundary by providing a recent Council Tax statement, a valid YorkCard from an Explore library, a York student ID card or similar.

The above prices do not apply to group bookings of ten or more. YMT Cards are not eligible for group bookings.

If you or any of your party have an additional need that you feel may affect your visit, please talk to our Visitor Experience team when you arrive as you may be eligible for a discounted entry rate.

Free Admission

We offer free admission for the below. Please note that a valid card or proof of identity will be required in most circumstances.

  • Carers who are accompanying a disabled visitor
  • Blind or partially-sighted visitors
  • York Pass holders
  • York Museums Trust staff, Trustees and volunteers
  • Blue Badge Guide
  • Museums Association Card
  • ICOM (International Council of Museums) staff
  • NMDC (National Museums Directors council) staff
  • GEM (Group for Education in Museums) staff
  • York members of the Association of Voluntary Guides
  • MAX Card
  • Visit York Tourism Partners
  • Visit York VIP Pass
  • Museum and gallery employees for organisations included in the NMDC Reciprocal Free Admission Scheme


How to Find Us

Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY (If you are using a SatNav, please enter this alternative postcode – YO1 9WD)

York Castle Museum is in the centre of York, close to Clifford’s Tower and the Coppergate Shopping Centre.


Parking & Public Transport

The nearest car park is the Castle car park next to Clifford’s Tower. For more car parking information visit

York Castle Museum takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes to walk to from York Railway Station – follow the green pedestrian signs to the ‘Castle Area’.

The nearest bus stop is on Tower Street where the number 3 bus stops. This is within 150m (164yds) of the museum. There are several other bus stops nearby. For more information visit

You might also want to make use of the city’s park and ride service.


The main entrance area is fully accessible. The museum is divided in half, with both halves arranged over three floors, linked by several staircases. There are handrails on all the stairs and seating is available around the museum.

The ground floor is fully accessible on one side of the building, which includes York Castle Prison and The Sixties exhibitions. The Victorian Street, which takes up the other side of the ground floor, is accessible via a wheelchair ramp.

The upper floors of the left-hand side of the building are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible – this includes the Shaping the Body exhibition and the 80th anniversary display.

A lift provides access to the upper floors on the right-hand side of the building, which includes the 1914: When the World Changed Forever exhibition. Please note that due to fire evacuation requirements, the exhibition can only allow access to two wheelchair users at a time.

The exercise yard outside the back of the museum close to the York Castle Prison area is fully accessible.

Click here for more information on accessibility.



There are two main toilet facilities in the museum both on the ground floor. These can be found on the Victorian Street and also near the Prison Cells. There is one accessible toilet in this area with baby changing facilities.



No museum visit is complete without a visit to Cafe 68 at the Castle! We serve delicious lunches, homemade cakes and our own house blend coffee with options for special diets and kids.

Bring along your YMT Card to receive a discount in the cafe. Please note the cafe closes at 4.30pm.



From traditional Victorian games and old-fashioned sweets to informative books and unique souvenirs – young or old, you’ll find that perfect gift. YMT Card holders receive a discount on items bought in the shop.



Pushchairs cannot be taken into galleries. A ‘buggy park’ and a choice of baby carriers are available free of charge. It is requested that pushchairs are folded in order to allow more space for other visitors’ pushchairs. Bags and coats should not be left with pushchairs. For more information please visit our Families page.



Assistance Dogs are permitted but no other animals are allowed entry to the museum.



Photography for personal use is allowed around the museum, but there may be restrictions during special exhibitions and the use of tripods may be restricted when busy. Please seek permission in writing from the Museum Manager if you wish to take film/video footage for personal use.

For information on publishing images of our collection and building please contact our Enquiries department. We also offer copyright-free images via our online collections. Visit our image policy and requests page for details.


Group & School Bookings

Visit our group bookings page for information on booking a group or school visit.


Guides to York Castle Museum

Our foreign language guides are currently being updated. The guides here do not list all of our current galleries but they should still prove a useful addition to your visit.

English Guide to York Castle Museum

French Guide to York Castle Museum

German Guide to York Castle Museum

Chinese Guide to York Castle Museum

Spanish Guide to York Castle Museum

Polish Guide to York Castle Museum


Visiting York

For more information on visiting York please click here to view the Visit York 2018 Visitor Guide.


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