Visitor Information for York Art Gallery

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We’re excited to announce that York Art Gallery and York Castle Museum will reopen on August 1.

The Yorkshire Museum will remain closed for the time being  to allow us to focus on putting in place our plans to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors at the gallery and castle museum.

Details of our opening days and times, how to book tickets online and further information about your visit will be released shortly. Please follow our social media channels for the latest information.

We would love to hear from you about how we can make your return to our museums as comfortable and enjoyable experience as possible. If you have a few minutes spare, please click on our survey link below to share your thoughts.

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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.


Approximate length of visit

1.5 to 2 hours.


YMT Card Holder FREE

Adult (with 10% Gift Aid Donation) £8.00

Child (5-16) £3.50

York Child (5-16) & All Under 5s FREE

Student/Young Person* £5.60

York Resident (with 10% Gift Aid Donation) ** £6.40

Visitors on Universal Credit ** £4.00/FREE for York Residents on Universal Credit

* For those aged 17-24 or in possession of a valid student card, such as an NUS card.

**York residents must be able to demonstrate that they live within the City of York Council local authority boundary by providing a recent Council Tax statement, a valid YorkCard from an Explore library, a York student ID card or similar.

For visitors who identify as having an access difficulty please talk to our Visitor Experience team when you arrive as you may be eligible for a discounted entry rate


YMT Card

With a YMT Card, you can enjoy unlimited access to York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery for a whole year, discounts in our shops, exciting prizes and more.



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



Serving a unique blend of freshly prepared food and great coffee, Sketch café gives you the perfect start or end to your visit. All produce is seasonal, sourced locally and prepared fresh on the day.

Our outdoor seating area (on the nicer days) overlooks the beautiful fountain to the front of the Gallery on Exhibition Square. Glance up to see York Theatre Royal, Petergate and the adjoining City Walls, and, of course, the magnificent York Minster.

For more information about our Sketch café, please contact Origin York.


Bags and Luggage

We have locker facilities for small luggage but ask that any suitcases, large backpacks or large pieces of luggage are not brought into the gallery.

Any wheeled luggage must be stored in the lockers with the exception of shopping strollers.

We recommend the use of Yorbag for any luggage storage needs, which is a two minute walk from the gallery.

If you have purchased an online ticket to the Gallery, you can get 20% discount at Yorbag when you show your ticket.

For more information on bringing bags and luggage to the Art Gallery, please download the following document.

Bags and luggage guidelines

What can and can’t be brought into the gallery


Buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters are welcome but may also be subject to searches.


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, visit

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

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

You might also want to make use of the city’s park and ride service.


Here are some things you need to know about accessibility at York Art Gallery:

  • There are two entrances to the gallery – at the front and the other at the back via York Museum Gardens
  • The gallery is fully accessible to wheelchair users
  • We have an online audio guide produced by the Art Fund and VocalEyes
  • Some of our exhibitions use flashing lights

Click here for more information on accessibility.



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.



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. See our CoCA shop for what we currently have in stock.

YMT Card holders receive a discount on items bought in theshop.



Pushchairs are welcome, but  and there are baby changing facilities in the accessible toilets. For more information please visit our Families page.



Assistance Dogs are permitted but no other animals are allowed entry to the museum.



  • Photographs taken without a flash are permitted of works belonging to York Art Gallery. We do not have copyright permission for works on loan so please do not photograph these
  • Our Visitor Experience Team will be able to advise you on which are the works on loan
  • Please do not use tripods, selfie sticks or a flash as these can damage artwork
  • If you’d like to bring filming equipment to take film/video footage, please seek permission in writing from the Gallery Manager
  • For information on publishing images of our collection and building please contact our Enquiries department
  • We also offer copyright-free images via our online collections. Visit our image policy and requests page for more information


Group & School Bookings

Visit our group bookings page 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.

For more information, please visit our artists garden page.


Prayer Space

Although we do not currently offer a designated prayer space, please ask a member of staff if this is something you require and they’ll try to find an appropriate space for you.


Support York Museums Trust

Our collections are of national and international importance, and our gallery welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

York Museums Trust is a registered charity set up to care for the city’s art and heritage and develop them for future generations.

Donations, endowments and bequests of any size are welcomed – any gift makes a difference.

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit our Donations page.


Visiting York

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


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