York castle has a rich and wonderful past; charting nearly a thousand years of English history since it was built. Originally constructed by William the Conqueror in 1068, following the Norman conquest of Northern England, It has a very checkered past. Featuring heavily in the Scottish wars and the English Civil war, before eventually surviving to be a prison from the 18th century.
Several new prison buildings were built at this time and it is in the largest of these that York Museum is now found. It’s a fabulous place to visit with the family, housing hundreds of years of York’s history in one place. Being a former prison it really brings to life the Victorian criminals that were famous at the time and goes all the way back to the building of the castle and William the Conqueror in the 10th century.
Interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that really bring the past to life and with fascinating exhibitions covering the break out of the first world war to the swinging sixties, there is something for everyone!
Another great reason to visit is that kids go free with a paying adult, making it a perfect family day out!
For more information, please visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Birchall are proud to support York Castle Museum and be the official Tea supplier of the venue.