Museums in York
Some of the finest heritage sights in the UK are located
here in one of its oldest cities.
As George VI once said “The history of
York is the history of England” and it’s
difficult knowing where to start if you’re just
visiting for a weekend.
Probably the most famous museum is The Jorvik Viking
Built on the site where archaeologists found Viking remains,
the centre based at Coppergate continues to be popular
and attracts droves of tourists so be prepared for queues
whatever time of year you visit. Once inside it is time
to step back to the simple life and experience York at
its most brutal with the sights and smells of a fascinating
For a truly gruesome experience, check out The York
Not for the faint hearted or very young children The York
Dungeons is the perfect place to learn about horrible
history. Be tried as a witch, or sit in on the trial of
Dick Turpin and look out for ghostly sightings as you
make your way into the dark recesses of the heart of the
dungeon. Here you’ll be shown various forms of torture
and you get to choose which one you’d prefer from
a selection that includes being eaten by rats or facing
the dreaded guillotine.
For those who don’t have the stomach for Viking
fun or the nerves of steel to enter the dungeons, a visit
to York Castle Museum [map] should prove an altogether more civilised experience.
Step back in time and see what life was like as a Victorian
on the cobbled streets inside the museum. Take a journey
through 400 years of life in York and see what it was
really like for the people living through them.
The Castle Museum is located at The Eye of York,
and across from Clifford’s Tower [map] which is another place of historical interest should you
wish to climb the many steps and discover its turbulent
York is home to The National Railway Museum [map],
the largest rail museum in the world, and contains an
unequalled collection of trains and other rail vehicles.
If you’ve always wanted to ride a Japanese bullet
train or stand in the same carriage as Queen Victoria
this is your chance. The National Railway Museum also
hosts many award-winning exhibitions and is particularly
popular with youngsters as Thomas The Tank Engine regularly turns up there. The museum is located at Leeman
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