If you do end booking a hotel or guest house in or around York, do ask if they offer any concessions for this little gem. The most famous part of York Castle Museum is Kirkgate, a recreated Victorian street, complete with a Hansom cab and a stage coach, but you’re just as likely through its associations with the notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin who spent his last days locked in the cells that now form part of the exhibiton. After spending 6 months in the Castle Gaol, on the 7th of April 1739 Turpin was led from his cell to the Knavesmire to be executed.
With over 400 years of visitors to the Castle Museum are not likely to be disappointed with its broad range of award winning exhibitions and displays. Visitors can wander through cobbled streets, see a grand array of historic costumes, view the toys that children used to treasure and go shopping the Victorian way.
The buildings that house these fabulous displays have their own history. They were originally prisons. All sorts, from debtors to murderers, were jailed here. Some were even hanged here. Visitors who come to see the Museum's wonderful collections also gain insight into the harsh realities of prison life in the 18th Century.
'From Cradle to Grave' - an exhibition focusing o the traditions and practices surrounding birth, marriage and death in England from the years 1700-2000.
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