The Best Museums in York

Exterior of Cliffords Tower York

On a rainy day in beautiful York, what could be better than visiting one of the city’s many museums? With history dating back to Roman times, you might not be surprised to learn that the city is packed with ancient landmarks and historical buildings. But, did you know that York is also home to a number of art galleries, immersive history experiences and even chocolate history tours?

We list all our favourite museums that York has to offer so you can take your pick on your next visit!

History Museums in York

The Yorkshire Museum

Exterior of the Yorkshire Museum

The Yorkshire Museum is a local favourite. Displaying four separate exhibitions focusing on York throughout history, including York in the Jurassic world, you’ll learn so much about the city that’s been at the heart of UK life for centuries.

Yorkshire Museum Prices

Adults: £8
Student: £5.60
Children: Free
YMT Card Holder: Free

York Minster

Exterior of York Minster

Perhaps the most iconic building in York, a visit to York Minster and Croft is a must for anyone in the city for the first time. As well as having the chance to admire the cathedral’s stunning stained glass windows, visitors also have the chance to climb to the top of its stunning tower – just be aware that it is a long way up!

York Minster Prices

Adult: £11 (with tower £16)
Seniors and Students: £9 (with tower £14)
Child: Free with paying adult (with tower £5)

Clifford’s Tower

Clifford's Tower

With breathtaking views of York, Clifford’s tower is an important stop off for anyone new to the city. Originally part of York Castle, the tower was built by William the Conqueror and has been used as both a prison and a royal mint.

Clifford’s Tower Prices

Adult: £5.70
Student: £5.10
Child: £3.40

York Cold War Bunker

Inside of York Cold War Bunker

Experience life in a cold war bunker and discover the history of the volunteers who would have played a vital role in ensuring Britain could withstand a nuclear attack. Through a one hour guided tour, you’ll learn about this recent period in British history and how the people of York prepared for the threat of nuclear war.

York Cold War Bunker Prices

Adult: £8.30
Student: £7.50
Child: £5.00

York’s Chocolate Story

York Chocolate Story

 

If you’re a chocolate addict, York’s Chocolate Story is the place for you. Discover the history of the city’s rich, chocolatey past and even learn how to make chocolate yourself. There’s also plenty of chocolate to choose from in the museum’s shop. If that’s enough chocolate for you, you can also visit York Cocoa house, which also featured in our Hidden York blog.

York Chocolate Story Prices

Adult: £12.95
Student: £11.95
Child: £10.50

Jorvic Viking Centre

Exterior of York Viking Centre

 

The Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the most popular museums in York, so much so that you’ll often find a long queue out the door! The Viking Centre provides visitors with an immersive experience of 10th century York, where you’ll get to know the sounds, sights and even smells of Viking England. It really is an incredible experience, just make sure you book in advance to avoid the queues!

Jorvik Viking Centre Prices

Adult: £12.50
Child: £8.50
Students: £10.50

Art Galleries York

York Art Gallery

Exterior of York Art Gallery

After an £8m redevelopment, York Art Gallery has reopened to the public. The expansive gallery exhibits work from both contemporary and historic artists and even has a range of interactive exhibitions as well.

York Art Gallery Prices

Adult: £8.00
Student: £5.60
Child: Free (with paying adult)

Free Museums York

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

 

Not just for trainspotters, the railway museum in York is popular with BSC students and teachers alike. The museum is totally free and featured as one of the best free activities in York in the BSC Blog.

National Railway Museum Prices

Adult: Free
Student: Free
Child: Free


Want to learn English in York? Check out our English language school in York city centre. British Study Centres York also runs trips to local museums, check out what’s on this week in their Social Activities Calendar.

You might also like:

Free things to do in York, England

Hidden Gems in York, England


All prices are accurate as of April 2019 and may be subject to change.

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About Beth

Beth is a language enthusiast and former EFL teacher. After studying Modern Languages at university, her love of adventure led her to travel all over the world. Now settled in sunny Brighton, she loves writing blogs to encourage people to visit her native England.

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