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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 Centre [map]. 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 age.

For a truly gruesome experience, check out The York Dungeons [map]. 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 past.

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 Road, York.

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