York Castle Museum

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York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum.jpg
Established1938 (1938)
LocationYork, England
Coordinates53°57′20″N 1°04′42″W / 53.95559°N 1.07827°W / 53.95559; -1.07827Coordinates: 53°57′20″N 1°04′42″W / 53.95559°N 1.07827°W / 53.95559; -1.07827
Visitors246,973 (2016)[1]
DirectorReyahn King, York Museums Trust
Raindale Mill, York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is a museum located in York, North Yorkshire, England, on the site of York Castle, which was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The museum itself was founded by 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 1780–85).


  • Kirkgate – a recreated Victorian Street, named after the museum's founder, was redeveloped and expanded in 2012.[2]
  • Toy Stories – a history of children's toys.[3][4]
  • 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.
  • 1914: When the World Changed Forever – opened in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.[5]

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.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Trustees Reports and Financial Statements, Year Ended 31 March 2016 (PDF) (Report). York Museums Trust. 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Kirkgate Victorian Street". York Museums Trust. 2013-06-11.
  3. ^ "York Castle Museum gallery details". York Museums Trust. 2013-06-11.
  4. ^ "Playing with toys from the past at York's Castle Museum". York Press. 2013-02-16.
  5. ^ "York Castle Museum to mark World War I in 1914: When the World Changed Forever". Culture 24. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "York Museums Trust inviting volunteers to help restore Raindale Mill". York Press. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2011-05-15.

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