Step into the Victorian era at York Castle Museum

York, North Yorkshire

The closest thing to time travel, this trend-setting museum 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 past to life. Step into a painstakingly recreated Victorian street, complete with bygone characters going about their genuine businesses of the 19th century, from a sweet shop to a saddlers. Then see the prison cell where famous English highwayman Dick Turpin spent his last night, and seek out the incredible 18th century automaton clock.
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 era: everything from biscuit moulds to police truncheons. Despite the name, York Castle Museum is actually housed in a former debtors’ prison. It sits alongside Clifford’s Tower, a stone keep and all that remains of the 13th century York Castle. The museum is in central York, 3 hours north of London by train.

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