Step back in time at York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum is open from 1st August 2020, offering visitors a unique perspective on its famous displays and fantastic collections through a series of guided tours of the famous recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate and other areas of the museum.
See the shops, sample the wares and hear all about its fascinating history from one of the museum’s experts as you wander the cobbled streets as part of one of the new socially distanced tours taking place at the museum. A second tour offers you a glimpse into life in the cells of York Castle Prison, while a longer, more in-depth tour led by a curator explores the museum’s outstanding fashion and textile collections. Tickets must be pre-booked.
The Castle Museum tours
Kirkgate Victorian Street Guided Tour (£12 per person / £6 per child (1 hour))
Visit one of York’s most memorable experiences in this guided tour of our recreated Victorian street. The 45 minute tour will reveal the fascinating history of the street, the stories behind the authentic shops and the real Victorian York businesses which traded everything from chocolate to weird and wonderful medicines to treat every ailment. Your guide will be there to answer any questions and point out the hidden history around every corner. Book Here.
York Castle Prison Guided Tour (£12 per person / £6 per child (1 hour))
Enter the authentic prison cells of York Castle Prison, where thousands were imprisoned while they awaited release, transportation or execution. Join our expert as they reveal the stories of the infamous, such as highwayman Dick Turpin, and those largely forgotten in this unique insight into prison life. Book Here.
Fashion and Textile Curator led Tour £18 per person / £9 per child (1 hour)
From caps to corsets, and from gowns to children’s clogs, every object has a story. Join Dr Faye Prior from York Castle Museum, as she introduces you to some of these fascinating stories while on a journey through 400 years of fashion. Based in the Fashion gallery of Shaping the Body, the talk will reveal the hidden histories of some of the gorgeous garments on show. It will focus on star objects from the displays, plus several hand-picked treasures brought out specially from the museum store. There will be seating provided so you can choose whether to sit or stand. Please note that this tour is stairs access only and is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Book Here.