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.

Hen Parties

Add some extra magic to your celebrations by whisking through weddings of the past with our Hen Party activity sessions. This is a unique chance to see historic wedding artefacts and costume, try on replicas and create delicious Victorian-inspired recipes in the kitchen studio.

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.

Conferences, meetings and lectures

The Kirk Room is a small yet quirky meeting space which can hold up to 20 theatre style and 16 boardroom. It comes equipped with WiFi, projector, screen and laptop and an onsite host on hand all day.

We have an excellent choice of catering by the Castle Café 68 catering team, and included in the room hire is access to the Museum for your delegates to enjoy on their breaks.

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