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Free Entry to York Attractions for York residents e.g. Brewery Tour, River Cruise, Minster Tower, Gin Tasting, Mini Golf + more @ Visit York

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Various dates, most are 28-29 Jan, but a few go into February, March, April.

Part of York Residents’ Festival. Scroll down to see list of free attractions. See link for more free events and offers, including discounts for retail and dining.

Offer link: visityork.org/res…ons

Article: yorkpress.co.uk/new…rk/

Explore the city and be a tourist for the weekend – for free! Organised by Make It York, this annual Festival is our way of saying a HUGE ‘thank you’ for the warm welcome you give to York’s 8.4 million visitors. Discover York’s best attractions and fill your weekend with amazing experiences.

Escape the day-to-day with a wide range of family friendly attractions on your very own doorstep. York is home to everything from museums, theatres, and galleries to hidden gems and must-see attractions and iconic historic buildings. Pre-booking is required for some attractions, tours and events. See individual listings for more information.

How do I take part?

  • To get involved in Residents’ Festival, please present a valid York Card, student card or identity card that proves York residency. If presenting an identity card, this must clearly state 'York' (e.g. driving licence or older person's bus pass).
  • Pre-booking is required for some attractions, tours and events.
  • Some venues have limited free tickets and operate on a first come first serve basis.

Where pre-booking is NOT required, or where it is required to book manually (i.e. via email or phone), I recommend confirming with the venue that the price for York Residents’ Festival is free - or is as stated here (visityork.org/res…ons) - in order to manage expectations.


NOTABLE ATTRACTIONS / EVENTS (visityork.org/res…ons)

Barley Hall (barleyhall.co.uk/)

  • Barley Hall is a medieval townhouse, tucked away down one of the oldest streets in York. This year you can explore a brand new exhibition, Bard at Barley Hall, featuring costumes worn by famous actors. Free to residents after 2pm.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-book online by selecting the 'Free adult' or free child' option or by calling 01904615505.

Brew York 30-min Brewery Tour + Tasting (brewyork.co.uk/)

  • Founded on Walmgate in 2016, Brew York now boasts a £2-million state-of-the-art production facility and global distribution. Come see where it all began with a FREE mini tour of our original brewery as you enjoy a fresh beer on us. Tours are at 1pm and 2pm.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Email bars@brewyork.co.uk

City Cruises (cityexperiences.com/yor…es/)

  • Set sail with City Cruises this Residents Festival! Join us at Kings Staith or Lendal Bridge for a free cruise at either 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 or 15:00.No pre-booking, first-come, first-served!
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

Clifford's Tower (english-heritage.org.uk/vis…rk/)

  • Immerse yourself in history at one of York's most iconic sites and experience views over the city. A new roof deck, walkways and staircases have opened up parts of the tower, and new interpretation brings the tower’s history to life.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure (digyork.co.uk/)

  • Discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history at DIG. Kids can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived in Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian times. Free to residents after 2pm.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-book online by selecting the 'Free adult' and 'Free child' options or call 01904615505.

Fairfax House (fairfaxhouse.co.uk/)

  • Free entry to Fairfax House, Castlegate - a furnished 18th century historic house museum. Numbers will be limited and will need to be pre-booked at fairfaxhouse.co.uk and will be on a timed ticket basis.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-booking information and timings can be accessed here (fairfaxhouse.co.uk/).

Get Cycling (getcycling.org.uk/)

  • Free half-day bike hire (5 hours). One hire per person. Deposit required.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-booking is required via telephone or email quoting Residents Festival.

Goddards (nationaltrust.org.uk/god…rds)

  • Explore the garden where the Terry family lived (think Chocolate Orange) on its opening weekend for 2023. Five acres of garden rooms surround their former home. Discover fragrant borders, wildlife areas and glasshouse, alongside a more formal pond and lawn.
  • Dates: Saturday 4th March - Sunday 5 March
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

Holgate Windmill (holgatewindmill.org/)

  • Come and see York’s only surviving windmill, built in 1770, now restored and in full working order. We celebrated our 250th anniversary year in 2020. Stoneground wholemeal and spelt flour milled here is available for sale.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

JORVIK Viking Centre (jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/)

  • Discover York’s Viking legacy at the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre! Meet a Viking of Coppergate, get up close with rare artefacts and take in the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York when you visit. Free to residents after 2pm.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-book online by selecting the 'Free adult' or 'Free child' option or by calling 01904615505,

Merchant Adventurers' Hall (merchantshallyork.org/)

  • Fascinating tales, awe inspiring architecture and intriguing, rare artefacts...explore this stunning timber framed building free of charge on Saturday 28th January. The Merchants' Coffee House will also be open serving delicious food and drinks.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

Mountain Goat Tours (mountain-goat.com/)

  • We are pleased to offer 50% discount. Booking via our website, using the promo code'YORK50' at checkout.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - use this link (mountain-goat.com/).

The Grand, York (thegrandyork.co.uk/)

  • Step inside York's only five-star hotel, previously the Head Offices for the North Eastern Railway HQ and enjoy a guided tour of bedrooms, old railway offices, event spaces and even meet The Grand's resident bees!
  • Dates: Saturday 30 January - Saturday 31 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - eventbrite.co.uk/e/t…307

The Guildhall York (york.ac.uk/bus…ll/)

  • Residents will have access all areas of The Guildhall York, with a self-guided interactive tour of the 15th century Medieval Hall, The Historic Council Chamber and the Committee Room. All cakes and coffees will have 10% off at The Riverside Cafe for the weekend and those who complete the quiz will be in for a chance to win a £20 voucher for the Cafe Lounge. The Wedding Coordinators will also be on hand for any newly engaged couples who would like a show round of the venue! York Gin will be running free gin tastings and talks for residents from 11am on both days!
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

The Hole in Wand York (theholeinwand.com/york)

  • Visit the world's most magical golf course in the heart of York. This Wizard style adventure will see you tackle a bubbling cauldron, become part of a giant picture whilst you search for Grobblenook! *Entry only, excludes potion.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Online (theholeinwand.com/york) using Code - RESFEST2023

The York Dungeon (thedungeons.com/york/)

  • Free entry to the York Dungeon from the 28th to the 31st January, before 12 Noon. Limited availability. Tickets must be pre-booked online using the promotional code ydresfest23
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Saturday 31 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please use this URL as the booking link: thedungeons.com/yor…ary

TIER Mobility (tier.app/)

  • 2 free rides with code: YORK2
  • Dates: 27/01/2023 - 05/02/2023
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

Treasurer's House (nationaltrust.org.uk/tre…use)

  • Discover this intriguing house on a tour. See the collection of fine antiques, art and furniture created by one man. Tucked behind York Minster and given to the National Trust by the wealthy and eccentric Industrialist Frank Green in 1930.
  • Dates: Sunday 23 April - Monday 24 April
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Recommended via the website, select National Trust member option and type RESFEST when asked for membership number.

Williams Den (willliamsden.co.uk/)

  • Pre-book your FREE tickets for Williams Den online at williamsden.co.uk using the promo code YKRES2829. A booking fee of 50p is payable. We can't wait to see you!
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-book online at williamsden.co.uk using promo code YKRES2829

Wizard Walk of York (wizardwalkofyork.com/)

  • Join The Wizard of York for five-star family fun, with spellbinding magic, comedy and a dash of history. A tour that wizard fans are going Potty for!The most magical ticket in town! Ideal for ages 5-10 and their families.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Contact info@wizardwalkofyork.com with the total number of adults and children

York Army Museum (yorkarmymuseum.co.uk/)

  • Discover our regiments' stories from 1685 to the present day. Trails, crafts and object-handling. While you're here, collect a free mini sketch book (made from recycled coffee cups) and pencil and sketching guide and sketch your favourite bits of York as you go around the city!
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

York Art Gallery (yorkartgallery.org.uk/)

  • The galleries of fine art and ceramics are free to enjoy. Discover a new display of treasures from the stores. See some of the jewels of the collection in a new light plus rarely displayed works.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-booking preferred at yorkartgallery.org.uk No groups larger than six

York Castle Museum (yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/)

  • Immerse yourself in 400 years of York's history. There is something for everyone from the internationally acclaimed Victorian street Kirkgate, to meeting the infamous prisoners in the spooky cells and all the way to the swinging sixties.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-booking preferred at yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk Max group size of 6

York Cold War Bunker (english-heritage.org.uk/vis…er/)

  • York Cold War Bunker uncovers the secret history of Britain’s Cold War. Enter the blast-proof doors and investigate the more unusual side of York’s heritage. In active service from the 1960s–1990s, the bunker was designed as a nerve-centre to monitor fallout in the event of a nuclear attack.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-booking is essential. Visit the website and use the code Book using code – RESFES101.

York Mansion House (mansionhouseyork.com/)

  • Step inside and walk in the footsteps of Lords and Ladies, cooks and butlers. Explore four floors, from the authentic Georgian kitchen below stairs to the 18th century splendour above, steeped in 300 years of scandal, secrets and superstition.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

York Minster (yorkminster.org/)

  • Experience panoramic views of York from the highest point in the city - York Minster's Central Tower. See medieval stonework and gothic grotesques as you climb 275 steps to the top. You must be aged 8+ to climb the tower. Trips run every 45 minutes starting 10.15am on Saturday, with the last taking place at 3.30pm. On Sunday, the first trip takes place at 1.15 pm and the last at 2.45pm.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Trips can only be booked in person on the day, are weather dependent and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Health and Safety conditions apply – see website for details.

York Photo Walks (yorkphotowalks.uk/)

  • Our photowalks are about learning and developing your photography knowledge, whilst exploring York’s rich history, people, nature and architecture. The aim is to inspire you to stretch your creative legs when you are out and about with your camera.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Email: info@yorkphotowalks.uk or call: 07950 882794 to arrange time slot, Walks will be 2 hours in length

York RLFC - LNER Community Stadium (yorkrlfc.com/)

  • The LNER Community Stadium is delighted to offer York residents the chance to join us on stadium tours. Tours will be running at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm with a maximum of 12 people on a first come, first serve basis. Please meet at the York RLFC Club Shop 15minutes prior to your booked tour time.
  • Dates: Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - please fill in the attached form docs.google.com/for…ink

York Theatre Royal (yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/)

  • York Theatre Royal invite the people of York to join us for a free tour to find out more about the fascinating history of the theatre, discover secrets about our backstage world and learn more about the building.
  • Dates: Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-book via Box Office.

York's Chocolate Story (yorkschocolatestory.com/)

  • At York's Chocolate Story, we're offering free entry to our first four tours on the 28th and 29th of January. This offer is for walk-ins only. Residents will also receive 20% off our guided tours, for the whole weekend.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? No

York's Hidden History (facebook.com/yor…ist)

  • Join York's Hidden History and uncover the city's ancient, natural, and scientific secrets on our guided walks. For the Residents' Festival, we'll be offering a York Ice Walk in the morning and a Micklegate Meander in the afternoon.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please book your place via the Events section of our Facebook page: facebook.com/yor…ist

Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours (yorkshireappetite.com/)

  • 50% off York Food Tours for available tours in January and February. Tours take place on Fridays and Sundays. Code YORKRESIDENT23
  • Dates: Friday 06 January - Sunday 26 February
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - On the website, using code.

Yorkshire Museum (yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/)

  • Home to some of the greatest archaeological and geological finds in Britain! Explore the city’s Roman, Viking and Medieval past through an extraordinary range of artefacts and meet our prehistoric predecessors in Yorkshire’s Jurassic World! For all the family.
  • Dates: Saturday 28 January - Sunday 29 January
  • Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Booking recommended at yorkshiremuseum.org.uk Groups no larger than 6
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    This is for residents and shouldn't be on a national site.
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    Of course it should be on here. People who live in York also use hotukdeals and we always welcome local deals; especially ones as good as this.
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    Cheers for this, just requested a place on the York Photo Walk with my son, I hope we get a place. Williams Den looks to be a new addition - I always leave it too late to take part in this weekend so really appreciate the heads up
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    Also I would recommend the Coldwar Bunker in Acomb to anyone that hasn't been
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    Booked.
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