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  • Victorian Street in the Castle Museum - York
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York?s main museum focuses on local as well as general English history from Tudor times on. Many rooms were refurbished to give an impression about different living styles throughout the centuries, including those of working class people as well as noblemen. Prison cells from the 18th century are preserved and are now part of the exhibition. The museum has permanent as well as temporary exhibitions, the temporary one at my time of visit was about the 1960s. One of the highlights among the permanent one is the Victorian street which includes some shops where you can buy sweets or other Victorian-style souvenirs. On this street even day and night are simulated (although the shops keep open at night) as well as good old English weather (you may hear the sound of thunderstorms as well as rain washing over the cobblestones at ?night?).
The current building is the original court and prison building of the 18th century. It stands on the site of William the Conqueror?s former castle (hence the name) from which only nearby Clifford?s tower remains. 2 hours is the minimum time for a museum visit, but you can easily spend four hours in it.

Address: Eye of York, York YO1 9RY
Directions: In the East of the citiy center within the city walls, close to Clifford's Tower.
Phone: +00 44 (0)1904 687687
Website: http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 30, 2010
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