York Castle Museum

Address: Tower St, York YO1 9RY
Operating Hours.

Open Monday, 11am-5pm

Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm

In School holidays, we’re open 10am – 5pm on Mondays

Additional Information:

Kirkgate is a recreated Victorian street which has become the most iconic part of York Castle Museum.

The street is one of the oldest recreated indoor streets of its kind in the world, possibly the oldest, and the first to be opened in Britain. It was created by Dr John Lamplugh Kirk, the founder of the Castle Museum. Named after him, it formed the centrepiece of the museum when it opened in 1938.

Dr Kirk wanted to create a street scene where people felt that they were transported to a bygone age. When it first opened, many shops and locations were named after people who had helped to found the museum.

In 2012 Kirkgate reopened after a large restoration and redisplay project. The timeframe was narrowed down to 1870-1901, some of the locations were changed, and all the shops and business were renamed. Now, each shop and business on Kirkgate is named after a real business that operated in late Victorian York.


There will also be a walk-up tickets throughout the day, but please note that you may need to queue!

Tickets are released in monthly batches.

Adult / Senior
£14.50 online/ £16 Walk up price
(Admits one adult for 12 months)

£8.75 online/ £9.75 walk up price
(Admits one child aged 5-16 years for 12 months. Must be accompanied by an adult)

Young Person / Students
£13 online / £14.40 walk up price
(Admits students or visitors aged 17-24 years for 12 months. Valid ID required)

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