York Castle Museum is located on the site of the ancient York Castle, originally built in 1608 by William the Conqueror. The Museum occupies 18th Century prison buildings built from the ruins of the castle, and today unites a vast array of exhibits from Yorkshire's past and rich history, including recreated period rooms such as a Victorian parlour and Jacobean dining room, and the 'Condemned Cell' of the infamous highwayman, Dick Turpin.
The Museum also contains an entire faithfully recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, brought to life by the sights and sounds of 1900s York, including recreated building facades and shop interiors, and colourful historic characters. The rest of the Museum contains other ancient, as well as more contemporary, exhibits from the Civil War and Second World War, with interactive displays and recreated household scenes. A Barn Gallery, Children's Gallery and military and costume displays are also waiting to be discovered.