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York Residents Festival 2020

Dust off your YorkCard, it’s time for York Residents Festival! This annual thank you to locals for giving visitors such a warm welcome sees the city’s attractions open their doors free of charge and it’s happening on 25th and 26th January 2020. It’s a great excuse to go out and explore new places or revisit old favourites without spending a penny. Highlights include free admission to DIG: An Archaeological Adventure, free tours of York’s Chocolate Story and boat trips with City Cruises York. Here are just a few more of our favourite family-friendly places that are throwing their doors open for free for York Residents Festival 2020:

  • Barley Hall – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Beningbrough Hall – Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 3.30pm
  • Beetle Bank Open Farm – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm (pre-book https://yorkastro.org.uk/events/)
  • Castle Howard – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • DIG – An Archaeological Adventure – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm
  • William’s Den – Saturday & Sunday (prebook through the William’s Den website https://williamsden.digitickets.co.uk/tickets)
  • Clifford’s Tower – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Holgate Windmill – Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 4pm
  • JORVIK Viking Centre – Saturday & Sunday, after 1pm
  • Mindlock Escape Games – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 10pm, pre-booking required (info@mindlockyork.co.uk)
  • National Railway Museum Road Train (from York Minster) – Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 4pm
  • Northwood Trail Fairy Sanctuary – Saturday and Sunday (2 tickets for the price of 1), 10am to 4pm; pre-booking required (hello@northwoodtrail.co.uk)
  • York Army Museum – Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm (also 1st & 2nd Feb)
  • York Art Gallery – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm
  • York Castle Museum – Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am to 5pm
  • York’s Chocolate Story – Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 4pm (free tours between 9am and 10am)
  • York Mansion House – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm
  • Yorkshire Museum – Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm
  • York Motorsport Village – Sunday only; Pre-book (info@ymsv.co.uk)
  • York Dungeon – Saturday & Sunday, 4pm to 7pm

There are special offers on eating out, too, if you decide to make a day of it – take a look. Some attractions do require pre-booking, so it’s worth planning ahead. Keep an eye on the Visit York website for the latest details.

Top tips

  • Check whether your YorkCard is valid and renew if necessary; don’t leave it until the last minute or you could be queuing in the library for a long time!
  • Check whether your chosen attraction(s) need pre-booking
  • Wrap up warm!

York Residents Festival 2020 – Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020 – Visit the Visit York website for details

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