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
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
YMT Card Holder: Free
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)
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
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
York's 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
Jorvic 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
Art Galleries York
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
Child: Free (with paying adult)
Free Museums York
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
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.
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All prices are accurate as of April 2019 and may be subject to change.