York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York
01904 687687
Region or country
England (Yorkshire & the Humber)

The museum buildings were once a Georgian Prison.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
York Castle has been a site of justice and incarceration for almost 1,000 years. William the Conqueror built the first castle in 1068 and we know from written references that it had a prison. The site is still a seat of justice today; the 18th Century Courthouse is now York Crown Court. It still has holding cells and people accused of serious crimes are still tried there as they have been for almost 1,000 years. The current building is an 18th century prison. York Castle Prison is part of the museum and there is no extra charge for visiting it.
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Web address of online collections catalogue
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
The museum has a database of former prisoners and victims where visitors can check their own family name.

The museum is open Monday, 11am-5pm and Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm
Adult / Senior: £13 online / £14 Walk up price
(Admits one adult for 12 months)

Child £6.50 online / £7 walk up price
(Admits one child aged 5-16 years for 12 months. Must be accompanied by an adult)

Young Person / Students £11.70 / £12.60 walk up price
(Admits students or visitors aged 17-24 years for 12 months. Valid ID required)
Available services or facilities
Shop, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
The main entrance area is fully accessible. The museum is divided in half, one building over three floors and one over two, 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, Toy Stories exhibition and Period Room displays. 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, this includes our Mill and Riverside area’

Cars with a disabled parking permit can park for up to three hours on the road outside the main entrance to the museum. The nearest car park is the Castle car park, next to Clifford’s Tower. This car park is off Clifford Street, off the inner ring road, most easily reached from the A19 to the south of the city or the A1036 to the south west.
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