York Residents’ Festival 2022 - Attractions

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. Free entry to some of York’s most magnificent attractions are just some of the special offers available over the York Residents Festival weekend. Pre-booking is required for some attractions, tours and events. See individual listings for more information.


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Barley Hall

Make yourself at home at a true hidden gem of York. Explore this beautifully restored medieval townhouse and learn about its 15th century inhabitants. Numbers will be limited and offered on a first come first serve basis.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Friday 4th February

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - book here.

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Bedern Hall

Discover York’s hidden medieval hall. Learn about the daily lives of the Vicars choral and see some of things they left behind when the college closed. During your visit view the amazing scissors beamed roof and follow Stanley the squirrel on the kid's activity trail.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Explore 8-acres of National Trust garden, the snowdrops could be raising their sleepy heads along the ha-ha walk and for younger visitors, head to the wilderness play area.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Black Swan Inn

An afternoon and evening of live folk music entertainment from locally based singers and musicians. All organised by the Black Swan Folk Club

Dates: Sunday 30th January. 2pm to 5-30pm and 7-30pm to 10-30pm

Pre-Booking Required? No

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City Cruises

Take an unforgettable trip along stunning waterways with York City Cruises. Subject to river conditions - if the river levels are too high, planned sailings may be amended or cancelled. Departing at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 from both King’s Staith Landing and Lendal Bridge Landing on a first-come, first-served basis – York residents can receive a free cruise complete with captain’s commentary with step-free access available from King’s Staith Landing only.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

Discover some of the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York history.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Friday 4th February

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - book here.

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Fairfax House

Explore the finest Georgian Townhouse in England. Let Fairfax house transport you to the glory days of city living in eighteenth century York.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please see website

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Fishergate Postern Tower

Come and see the internal rooms of this 500 year old tower, climb the narrow spiral staircase, find the garderobe and discover brand new replicas reborn from fragments found in a recent dig.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Get Cycling

Grab yourself a bike and get riding today, it is a great way to travel around the beautiful city of York. You can hire a bike for free for 4 hours.

Dates: Friday 28th January - Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - book via phone 01904 636812

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Goddards

Wander in this 5-acre National Trust garden, on the edge of York racecourse. Explore the terrace with cheery daffodils and see who is visiting the wildlife pond. The house is used as a regional office and closed to visitors.

Dates: Friday 18th March - Saturday 18th March

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Grand Opera House York

Come and explore behind the scenes at the Grand Opera House, take your place on stage, listen to our team members' stories and hear all about the wonderful history of this beautiful theatre!

Dates: Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Holgate Windmill

Come and see York’s only surviving windmill, restored and in full working order. Stoneground wholemeal and spelt flour milled here is available for sale.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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JORVIK Viking Centre

Explore the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York. Free entry to JORVIK Viking Centre after 3pm for York residents.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Friday 4th February

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - book here.

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Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Enjoy a tour around York's Art Deco theatre and learn about its history. You have the chance to see how scenery is managed and lighting and sound systems work. You can also take the opportunity to watch a rehearsal of the musical KIPPS!

Dates: Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No, we are open between 10.00 and 3.30.

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Lost Earth Adventures

Enjoy A 2-hour climbing & abseiling session with a prehistoric feel of the gritstone towers at Brimham Rocks. You will be able to experience what hanging high up on a cliff is all about.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Email info@lostearthadventures.co.uk or call on 01904 500094

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Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Fascinating tales, awe-inspiring architecture and intriguing, rare artefacts, the Merchant Adventurers Hall is home to many remarkable collections. The Merchants' Coffee House will be open serving delicious food and drinks as well as the shop which is full of unique gifts.

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Merchant Taylors Hall York

The Merchant Taylors Hall is one of the most remarkable memorials to the city’s medieval past, built in 1415. A unique opportunity to visit the ancient Hall, meet the members, learn about the history and their role in the city today.

Dates: Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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National Center for Early Music

Chris Bartram will be running a one-off Residents’ Weekend special taster of the NCEM’s monthly singing session. You don’t need any experience, just a willingness to come along and have a sing. We will be doing a variety of material, including popular songs, and from around the world. And, as with all Cuppa & A Chorus sessions, there will be hot drinks and cakes too!

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Online, over the phone or in person.

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Rainbows Ceramics

Discount Offered: 20%

20% off bisque ceramics all weekend. (Exc drinks, snacks and party/group bookings)

Dates: 29/01/2022 - 30/01/2022

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South Bank Studios

Visit South Bank Studios, and take a peek behind normally closed doors, at the 19 working artists’ studios, hidden on the upper floors of Southlands Methodist Church.

Dates: Saturday 29th January, 10am to 4pm - Sunday 30th January, 12pm to 4pm.

Pre-Booking Required? No

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The Bar Convent Heritage Centre

Since 1686, the goings on at 17 Blossom Street have been York’s best kept secret. Join us to discover how this secret convent survived- and thrived- to become the oldest active convent in England.

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Touch Tuina

Join the team at Touch Tuina for a talk on tuina massage and how Chinese medicine can support your health. Free Tuina testers available from 11am until 4pm.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 6th February

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Contact 07535646400

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Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience York

Have you ever dreamt of stepping into a painting? To become completely immersed in the work before you, making reality around you fade into the new world created by the artist? At Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience York, you can!

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

**Sold Out**

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Voicing The Hidden: Live Event

Poetry, film, photography, and discussion.
York Civic Trust, with nationally-renowned poet Robert Powell, warmly invites the public to join us in the historic setting of St Denys' Church on Walmgate for a unique event exploring the rich relationship between creativity and heritage

Dates: Saturday 29th January 2022 from 2pm to 4pm.

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - email info@yorkcivictrust.co.uk

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York Army Museum

Free entry Saturday 29 Jan - 10am-4pm and Sunday 30 Jan 10am-1pmSunday 30 Jan Free talk about the Yorkshire Soldier at Gallipoli.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Pre-book here; pre-booking for talk via website or calling 01904 461010

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York Art Gallery

Enjoy free admission to the major exhibition ‘Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings’, featuring twenty-five newly attributed Thomas Gainsborough drawings on public display for the first time. Visitors can also see the UK premiere of ‘Clay, Peat, Cage’ (2015), by Yorkshire-based artists Jade Montserrat and Webb-Ellis.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please see website

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York Astronomical Society

Activities include air rocket launches, cosmonaut selfies, Solar System model, astrophotography, safely viewing the Sun and observatory tour. On Saturday evening, once it gets dark and weather permitting, there will be a free stargazing event with talk. Sat 10am - 4pmSun 10am - 4pm 

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please see website

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York Castle Museum

Come and see hundreds of years of York’s history in one place – from 18th century prison cells to the world famous recreated Victorian Street, Kirkgate. York Castle museum’s galleries hold thousands of historic York objects that bring the past to life!

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please see website

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York Cemetery

The Friends will be conducting walks on History, Gardens and Trees, Gravestone Symbols, Catacombs, Grave and Data Base searches, City of York iTravel York stall, bring the children along to make bird feeders plus free refreshments, and cake.

Dates: Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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York Cocoa House (at York Cocoa Works)

Please note all dates and times are now fully booked.

We are most grateful for the support of York's Residents throughout the last 2 years and are disappointed not to be able to extend the invitation more widely at this time. We have extended 50% off of our Manufactory Tasting Journey Bookings and Lollipop Making Activities for reservations on Sundays by using the promotional code "YorkResident" on check out. (Book here by 31/01/22)


York Dungeon

Get ready for a thrilling time as you journey through 2000 years of York's darkest history. A set number of tickets with free entry from 10am to 12:30pm for York residents. 

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Tickets for specific dates and times must be collected from the Visit York Visitor Information Centre - available to collect from Saturday 15th January 2022.

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York Dungeon Walking Tours

Join us on the York City Walking Tour, 60 minutes of heart-thumping fun and thrills! (families only). A set number of tickets free to York Residents, departing at 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. 

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Tickets for specific dates and times must be collected from the Visit York Visitor Information Centre - available to collect from Saturday 15th January 2022.

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York Explore Library, Map Attack! - Lego City of Wonder

Uncover the range of Lego and Duplo and build anything you can image. Take inspiration from historic maps of York from the city's archives. What will you create?

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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York Mansion House

Past the grandeur of the beautiful façade on St Helen’s Square lies an inspiring and interactive environment where you can discover how every Lord Mayor of York since 1732 has danced, dined and entertained.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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York Minster

Experience one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals – marvel at the Minster’s architecture, explore its history, join its daily worship or simply enjoy the space. General admission to York Minster is free to York residents all year round.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Visit www.yorkminster.org to book your free admission slot.

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York Stadium Leisure Centre

Come along to the Community Stadium to celebrate York’s sporting heritage. We have archives inspired events and activities for sports lovers of all ages, see website for details.

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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York Theatre Royal

Come and join us for a backstage tour of the theatre and learn why you must never whistle backstage, who the Grey Lady is and how we make theatre happen here in the centre of York.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Via the theatre box office

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York's Chocolate Story

Join us between 9am and 9:45am on Saturday and Sunday for free tours. First come first serve basis for 100 people each day for free. We are also offering 20% off tours for the whole weekend. Use code YORKRES20 at checkout to pre-book.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - book here. Walk up on the day is possible but we can’t guarantee availability.

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Yorkshire Air Museum

Experience more than a century of aviation, all in one historic location.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please see website

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Yorkshire Heart Vineyard & Brewery

Free parking and entry and a complimentary drink on arrival. Enjoy a wine tasting and talk with one of the winemakers. On the hour of 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm we will be offering a short tour of the vineyard and winery.

Dates: Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Anne Lister in York Walking Tours

The Life of Anne Lister was recently dramatised in the television series Gentleman Jack. Join me on a two hour guided walking tour, exploring the streets of York where she lived, loved, partied and shopped!

Dates: Saturday 29th January 10:30am & 2:30pm and on Monday 31st January at 2:30pm

**Sold Out**

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Mountain Goat Tours

50% off scheduled day tours on Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jan 2022. Use the promo code 'RESIDENTS50' at checkout to receive 50% off our Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors & Whitby tour, departing from Duncombe Place, York at 9.15am

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Please see website

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York Historic Pub Walks

Guided Walk- a new route for Residents to discover York's beer & pub heritage. The 1.5-2 hour walk covers approximately 12 pubs as well as the centuries of events, people (and spirits) associated with them.

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - book here

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York's Hidden History Walks

Discover York's ancient, natural, and scientific stories on our Hidden History walks, our tours dig a little deeper, uncovering York's elemental secrets.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - book here

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Yorkshire Appetite's York Food Tour

Bored of the same old places for lunch? - try our York Food Tour - a culinary and cultural adventure where we will taste delicious food at five of York's great independents. Taste and Discover our Yorkshire. Booking required as numbers limited.

Dates: Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes

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All Saints North Street, York

York's Finest Medieval Church - drop in, or come to one of the events below. Stunning medieval glass, painted angel roof, medieval style floor, and rare archaeological finds.10.15am - Stained Glass 11.30am - Slide show including recent archaeology 2pm - Stained Glass 3pm - Slide show including recent archaeology

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Central Methodist Church

This Grade II listed building, built in 1840, is one of the few chapels of its period still intact. The organ is one of the finest in York.Sat 29 Jan 11am - 4pm

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Drumming the Psalms : workshop

Bring your drum to join Sue Wallace and Visions in exploring the Psalms Sue will lead a practical workshop using her contemporary short settings of these ancient and much-loved texts. Drums, saucepans, hands, your voice. Come and join in!

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? Yes - Book here

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Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well is a medieval building in the centre of York which was originally the home of the Chantry priests of Holy Trinity Priory. It is now the church hall of Holy Trinity Church.

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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St Michael le Belfrey Church

All visitors are welcome at St Michael le Belfrey! We offer the public a peaceful, free visitor experience. There's a notable collection of sixteenth-century-stained glass, evidence of Guy Fawkes' baptism, and a vibrant church life today.

Dates: Saturday 29th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel

2022 is the 350th anniversary of the founding of the congregation which later became York Unitarians, presenting an exhibition from the past and looking into the future in our Grade II* listed building, the oldest surviving non-conformist chapel in York.

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Trinity Church York

11am Christianity in York 1. How an empire was changed 12am St. Anthony's Hall: the story of York's multi-use Guildhall. 1pm Christianity in York 2. Why we don't worship Woden: 2pm Conserving York's Architectural Heritage 3pm Christianity in York 3. Preaching, Puritans, and AmputationsSun 30 Jan: Services 10am & 6pm. 10am: Jesus Brings us to God, Psalm 40 6pm: God is both Just and Merciful, Exodus 34

Dates: Saturday 29th January - Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Worship with the Psalms

Joy, lament, poetry and drums. Enter into the Songs of David, using some of Sue Wallace's contemporary settings. Explore how powerful these texts used in many faith traditions still are today. Suitable for all ages. Come with or without drums.Sun 30 Jan 2.30pm-3.15pm

Dates: Sunday 30th January

Pre-Booking Required? No

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Other York Residents’ Festival 2022 Attractions, Events and Offers

Food & Drink ▸

From delicious light bites, to fine dining, British classics and authentic food from across the globe, there is a whole host of incredible dining experiences on offer.

Retail ▸

York offers a unique shopping experience and is hard to beat if you’re looking for a special gift idea, want to spoil yourself or treat someone special.