Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

York, North Yorkshire

Travel back in time on a rainy day at this trend-setting museum, which transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

A truly immersive attraction, York Castle Museum brings the sights, smells and sounds of the city’s history to life. Step into a painstakingly recreated Victorian street, complete with bygone characters going about their business in the 19th century, featuring Victorian-styled shops and services, including a sweet shop and a saddlers.

Also found at York Castle Museum is the prison cell where notorious English highwayman Dick Turpin spent his last night before his execution at the York Gallows in Knavesmire. There are also a range of travelling exhibitions which appear in the museum, offering something new every time you visit.

The museum’s depth in research of social history is thanks to its eccentric founder Dr John Kirk, who hoarded a mind-boggling array of everyday items from the Victorian era, including everything from biscuit moulds to police truncheons. View selected items from this collection and much more at the York Castle Museum.

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