York Castle Museum

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York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum.jpg
Established 1938
Location York, England
Coordinates 53°57′19″N 1°04′42″W / 53.95527°N 1.078366°W / 53.95527; -1.078366
Director Janet Barnes, York Museums Trust
Website [1]
Raindale Mill, York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is a museum located in York, North Yorkshire, England, on the site of York Castle, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The museum itself was founded by Dr John L. Kirk in 1938, and is housed in prison buildings which were built on the site of the castle in the 18th century, the Debtors Prison (built in 1701-05 using stone from the ruins of the castle) and the Female Prison (built 1780-1785).


  • Kirkgate - a recreated Victorian Street, named after the museum's founder. This was redeveloped and expanded in 2012.[1]
  • Toy Stories - A history of children's toys.[2][3]
  • Recreated period rooms including a Victorian parlour and a 17th-century dining room.
  • The Cells - A display about life in the prison was opened in 2009 in the cells of the old Debtors Prison. The former Condemned Cell, possibly once occupied by Dick Turpin, can also be visited.

Studio areas feature programmed activities where visitors can come into close contact with items from the museum's large and nationally designated collections.[4]

Raindale Mill[edit]

Raindale Mill is a reconstructed early 19th century flour mill which was moved from the North York Moors to the grounds of York Castle Museum in the 1960s.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kirkgate Victorian Street". York Museums Trust. 2013-06-11. 
  2. ^ "York Castle Museum gallery details". York Museums Trust. 2013-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Playing with toys from the past at York's Castle Museum". York Press. 2013-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Sweet treats workshops for children at York's Castle Museum". York Press. 2013-06-08. 
  5. ^ "York Museums Trust inviting volunteers to help restore Raindale Mill". York Press. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 

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Coordinates: 53°57′20″N 1°04′42″W / 53.95559°N 1.07827°W / 53.95559; -1.07827