York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is housed in a former debtors’ prison and an adjoining former women’s prison, both of which are Grade I listed. The museum’s name comes from the fact it stands on the site of the former York Castle.

The museum was founded by Dr John Kirk, a doctor from Pickering, North Yorkshire, and houses his extraordinary collection of social history items reflecting everyday life in the county. One of its renowned displays is the reconstructed Victorian street, Kirkgate.

Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

York Castle Museum provides a charming venue for evening events. It is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies and can host banquets, parties and other celebrations.

A site visit is highly recommended to appreciate the delights of the setting and discuss the details of your event.

Your wedding or civil ceremony at York Castle Museum will be truly unique. You and your guests will be surrounded by the magical Kirkgate, a beautiful cobbled street of authentic Victorian shop fronts packed with historic goods.

Kirkgate can host seated banquets for up to 70 guests with the tables arranged on the main street. Alternatively, we can host buffet receptions for larger numbers.

Parties & Special Occasion

The wonderful atmosphere of an evening on Kirkgate will make your party or special occasion a night to remember.

We can help to organise food, drink, music and entertainment to suit your needs and guarantee an unforgettable evening for you and your guests. Take a look at the practical details here.

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