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Residents’ Festival

York Residents’ Festival is your chance to explore the city and be a tourist for the weekend – for free!

Organised by Make It York and sponsored by Grand Central, this annual Festival is our way of saying a HUGE ‘thank you’ for the warm welcome you give to York’s 7 million visitors. It’s a great way to discover York’s visitor attractions for free and wine and dine using our discounted offers.

Students with valid ID cards from either of the city's two universities can also benefit.

How do I take part?

York Residents' Festival is open to all York Residents who have a valid YorkCard – you’ll need one card per person to gain free admission to attractions and benefit from the special offers. Remember that for some of the attractions, tours and events, you’ll need to pre-book and that some venues have limited free tickets and operate on a first come, first served basis. Please check the details for each offer carefully.

How do I get my YorkCard?

YorkCards are available from all of York’s public libraries. There’s a £5.00 administration charge for adults and cards are free for under 18s. The YorkCard also entitles you to free or discounted entry to a range of leisure facilities and attractions in York throughout the year.