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York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is one of the most popular visitor attractions in York. The museum centres around two life-sized reconstructions of authentic street scenes, recreating the daily life in England through the past 400 years. Housed in Grade 1 listed 18th century prison buildings, York Castle Museum includes a Victorian parlour, an 1850s Moorland cottage, Jacobean and Georgian dining rooms, a 1940s kitchen and a 1950s front room.

The first street scene at York Castle Museum is the Victorian Kirkgate where you can wander into shops, see a family at home, and call at the police station. The second life-sized street is Half Moon Court, depicting daily life in Edwardian York.

The museum's past as two prison buildings is explored in York Castle Prison as you can visit the old prison cells, but watch out for the ex-prisoners including highwayman Dick Turpin, who spent his last night here before he was hanged in 1739 for horse stealing.

The Sixties Gallery explores the music, fashion and everyday life of this exciting decade. Groovy! Elsewhere at York Castle Museum are displays of historic toys, fashion, armour, weapons, tools, printing presses, cooking utensils, farming equipment and much more.

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