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York Castle Museum – York Castle Prison Guided Tour 19th May - 20th June

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Enter the authentic prison cells of York Castle Prison.

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Enter the authentic prison cells of York Castle Prison, where thousands were imprisoned while they awaited release, transportation or execution. Join us as we reveal the stories of the infamous, such as highwayman Dick Turpin, and those largely forgotten in this unique insight into prison life.

To open safely we’re running guided tours led by our experts to carefully manage the number of visitors.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour time to be checked in.

Please note that due to the current government guidelines York Castle Museum is operating guided tours only at the moment, this means that your tour ticket does NOT admit you to the rest of the museum.

Please read our full visitor information including details on arriving and safety here

Booking process

When booking tickets, please be aware we only have a small amount available due to social distancing.

When booking your tickets please select the amount of tickets needed for your whole group. If you cannot select the full amount of tickets required then unfortunately there are not enough tickets available.

If you see the message 'tickets are no longer available' when trying to book, this means there is not enough tickets available for what you are requesting. Please try another day if you can! We are continuing to develop and add new events, so please be patient with us.

Please book for your whole group to avoid disappointment.


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