Adult education at York Museums Trust

Adult Learning

York Museums Trust has an exciting and varied programme of workshops and events for adults, themed around the exhibitions and collections of the museums and gallery.

Sessions include object handling, curator’s talks, expert lectures and craft- and art-based workshops. All adult learning sessions are delivered by museum/gallery staff or specialists tutors and require no previous knowledge or experience.

Visit the Events section on our website or view online versions of our ‘Discover’ brochures at the links below.

Discover – Events Guide: York Castle Museum

Discover – Events Guide: York Art Gallery

Discover – Events Guide: Yorkshire Museum


Booking Information

Booking is required for most events, courses and activities through York Museums Trust unless otherwise stated – just click on the link provided in each event listing to book online

If you have booked onto an event and can no longer attend, please make sure to re-visit Eventbrite to cancel your place.

Should you have any queries regarding your booking please call 01904 687633.

York Museums Trust reserve the right to cancel any events if there are insufficient bookings.



The cost of each event is listed and each event will specify whether museum/gallery admission is included in the cost. Where applicable, please pay online via Eventbrite to secure your booking. We are unable to take payments at the admissions desks of our museums/gallery.

If you wish to visit the museum/gallery before or after the event then usual admission charges will apply (free admission for YMT Card holders).

Should you have any queries regarding fees please call 01904 687633.



York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum have baby changing facilities and disabled access toilets. There is a café at York Castle Museum and at York Art Gallery. Please click on the links below for more detailed information about visiting each site.



Admission is free for wheelchair users and one accompanying carer.

Please note that the upper floors of York Castle Museum and some areas of the Yorkshire Museum are not currently accessible. Please click on the links below for more detailed information about access at each site.

We now also have an offer for booked groups of visually impaired adults – please click here for details.


Booked Adult Group Offer at York Castle Museum

We offer activities for groups of 10 or more adults who book in advance at York Castle Museum:


A Lesson in the Victorian Classroom (45 minutes)

Meet our strict schoolteacher who will lead you through the ‘three Rs’, drill and an object lesson in our recreated schoolroom. Behaviour and manners need to be at their best as there’s always the threat of the cane or the back straightener! This session is for a maximum of 18 adults. £45


Tour of Kirkgate (45 minutes)

Hear the stories behind the original shops in York that inspired Kirkgate, England’s oldest recreated street. Discover what life was like for those living in York in the late 1800s and how wealth affected their lives. This session is for a maximum of 15 adults. £45


Prison Life – A Tour with Original Objects to Handle (45 minutes)

The site where the museum now stands has been a place of justice and imprisonment for around 1,000 years. Visit the recreated prison and find out about the poor sanitary arrangements, the punishments and the exercise that felons faced every day. The tour is followed by the opportunity to handle original prison objects from the past two centuries. This session is for a maximum of 15 adults. £45


To book one of these sessions please call our Group Bookings department on 01904 687633 or email Please let us know if any of your group has any additional needs that we may need to be aware of when making your booking.


NEW – Group Offer for Visually Impaired Adults at York Castle Museum

We now also have an offer for booked groups of visually impaired adults – please click here for details.


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