Visitor Information for York Art Gallery

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Opening Times

Open daily: 10am – 5pm

Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Early closing at 2.30pm: 24 and 31 December.


Additional Information for your Visit

The ground floor is currently closed for the installation of two new exhibitions. It will be fully open again from 4 May 2018.

For additional security, we are currently implementing bag checks at the gallery and ask that suitcases and large pieces of luggage are not brought onto site. Please contact us if you require any further information.

Approximate length of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours.



Due to the ground floor closure, gallery admission will be half price until 4 May 2018.

YMT Card Holder                                         FREE

Adult (with 10% Gift Aid Donation)  £3.75 (usual price £7.50)

Adult (without donation)                       £3.41 (usual price £6.81)

Child (16 and under*)                                FREE with a paying adult

Access Day Ticket**                                    £2.00 (usual price £4.00)

With a YorkCard                                          20% off day tickets


YMT Card

12 months unlimited access to York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum. Click here for details.

YMT Card                                                         £22 / £20 with Direct Debit

if you are a York resident***                      £11 / £10 with Direct Debit

Access YMT Card**                                      £11 / £10 with Direct Debit

if you are a York resident***                      FREE


* Up to four children free per one paying adult. Additional children aged 5-16 will be charged at £4 per child. Under 5s are free.

** Access tickets: up to 50% discount for visitors aged 17-24 or in receipt of Pension Credit or Universal Credit (that’s Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income–based Job Seeker’s Allowance, or Income Support). Evidence may be required. York Museums Trust is an independent charity, we need to raise funds but we are also committed to providing access to everybody.

*** York residents must be in possession of a valid YorkCard, available from all Explore libraries, a York student ID card (residents aged 17-24 only), or a current Council Tax bill demonstrating that they live within the City of York Council local authority boundary.

The above prices do not apply to group bookings of ten or more – click here for information on group bookings.

If you or any of your party have an additional need that you feel may affect your visit, please talk to our Visitor Experience team when you arrive as you may be eligible for a discounted entry rate.


National Art Pass                             FREE

You can buy your National Art Pass from the Art Fund website.


Free Admission

We offer free admission for the below. Please note that a valid card or proof of identity will be required in most circumstances.

  • Carers who are accompanying a disabled visitor
  • Blind or partially-sighted visitors
  • National Art Pass holders (find out more on the Art Fund website)
  • York Pass holders
  • York Museums Trust staff, Trustees and volunteers
  • Friends of York Art Gallery
  • Blue Badge Guide
  • Museums Association Card
  • ICOM (International Council of Museums) staff
  • NMDC (National Museums Directors council) staff
  • GEM (Group for Education in Museums) staff
  • York members of the Association of Voluntary Guides
  • MAX Card
  • Visit York Tourism Partners
  • Visit York VIP Pass
  • Museum and gallery employees for organisations included in the NMDC Reciprocal Free Admission Scheme


How to Find Us

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

York Art Gallery is in Exhibition Square, five minutes’ from York Minster and opposite Bootham Bar.


Parking & Public Transport

The nearest car park is on Marygate, which is five minutes’ walk and has 350 spaces. Marygate is off Bootham, the A19, which is the main road into York from the north. For more car parking information

The gallery is approximately a 15 to 20 minute walk from York Railway Station.

There are several bus stop on Exhibition Square, just outside the Art Gallery. This is within 150m (164yds) of the gallery. For more information visit

Café No.8 at York Art Gallery

Serving breakfasts, cakes, light bites and lunches and a variety of drinks, Café No.8 offer the perfect start or end to your visit to the Gallery. Click here to find out more.

YMT Card holders receive a discount on items bought in the café.



There are two entrances to York Art Gallery, at the front and the other at the rear via York Museum Gardens. The gallery is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please click here for full accessibility information.

Click here to listen to an audio guide of the gallery produced by the Art Fund and VocalEyes.



There are toilet facilities available on both the ground floor and first floor, including an accessible toilet on both floors. Baby changing facilities are available in the accessible toilets.



Lockers are available for use by visitors to the gallery – please ask our Welcome Team for assistance on arrival.



York Art Gallery has a shop on the ground floor opposite the front entrance which stocks a range of themed cards, gifts and memorabilia suitable for all ages. From quirky postcards and informative books, to children’s art supplies and original gifts, you’re sure to find something tempting to take home.

The Centre of Ceramic Art also has a dedicated shop located on the upper floor. Along with cards, gifts and guide books, the shop also stock limited edition and collectible ceramics specially selected by our curatorial and retail departments. To find out more, visit our Curator Space page.

YMT Card holders receive a discount on items bought in the shop.


Group & School Bookings

Please click click here for information on booking a group or school visit.


Artists Garden

The Artists Garden is situated within the original abbey walls at the rear of York Art Gallery. Together with the Edible Wood, it was created to coincide with the gallery’s £8 million development. The site is used to display contemporary art for free. The two acres of land were previously closed off to the public but now link with the original York Museum Gardens and through to Exhibition Square. Click here to find out more.


Visiting York

For more information on visiting York please click here to view the Visit York 2018 Visitor Guide.


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The Best in Heritage

Find out more about York Art Gallery’s fuzzy felt and fine art in this presentation by Gaby Lees (Assistant Curator of Arts Learning) at ‘The Best in Heritage’ conference 2017.