This weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January 2023, the York Residents' Festival will take place across York. The free festival is dedicated to residents to say thank you for welcoming York's 8.4 million annual visitors- now it's their turn to be a tourist for the day! Residents can visit the city's best attractions, dining and shopping experiences with a host of resident-exclusive offers and discounts. Here's our recommendations for the weekend!

  1. Mountain Goat Tours

Take a trip out of the city to enjoy one of England’s largest and most famous National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales. Departing from Duncombe Place, York, you will pass the famous York Minster en route to the beautiful countryside. You will also stop at market towns including Masham and Hawes; locations a stone’s throw away yet worlds apart from the city. Enjoy the sights of a medieval castle, famous waterfalls, Robin Hood film sets, the Buttertubs, and even explore Wensleydale Creamery where you will taste the real Dales in their sample room! To finish the tour, Mountain Goat will return along the scenic route back to York where you can spend the rest of the evening enjoying the other attractions that the festival has to offer. Mountain Goat Tours is also offering 50% off for York residents for the duration of the festival using code ‘YORK50’.


  1. Plush Café

Not only will Plush fill your belly with delicious food and drinks, but it offers something different. Visiting this independent café is an experience in itself with three themed dining rooms: enjoy fun swing seats in the Garden Room, be dazzled by the Art Deco-inspired Neon Room, and get comfy in the luxurious, floor cushion-filled Bohemian Room. Whichever room tickles your fancy, visiting this establishment means supporting a small, family-run business. When you thought it couldn’t get any better, York residents can receive a complimentary glass of wine, beer, soft drink, or hot drink with each main course or a complimentary Freakshake or Cocktail with any pizza, nachos, waffles, or pancakes meal or dessert. This offer applies from 28th January- 3rd February 2023- fill your boots!

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  1. York Minster

A trip to this iconic gothic-style medieval cathedral will never get old! Completed in 1472, step inside and be transported back in time. It’s no wonder why the York Minster is one of York’s top attractions with its incredible architecture, ancient history, and current immense significance within the community. As one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, this local site attracts around 600,000 people a year due to its historic and human stories that have formed the Minster we see today. It’s definitely worth a visit!

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  1. York’s Chocolate Story

Chocoholics, this one’s for you. KitKat, Aero, Smarties, Rolos… now I’ve got your interest! Unwrap the history of York’s iconic chocolate brands, such as Rowntree’s and Terry’s, on this 90-minute tour. Uncover the secrets of chocolatiers by learning how the cocoa bean is transformed, why chocolate makes us feel so good, and where the journey began thousands of years ago in the rainforests. Finish the tour by creating your very own handmade chocolates after learning the tricks of the trade from master chocolatiers. Added bonus- York residents receive a fantastic 20% off guided tours for the whole weekend!

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  1. The Original Ghost Walk of York

Join one of these world-famous tours to discover the disturbing and legendary history behind the city you live in. Established in 1973, this experience can guarantee history and mystery whilst exploring the most genuine and authentic haunted spots of York. The specialist guides have a passion for entertaining; with years of experience comes buckets of knowledge about the city’s magical and mysterious history. Get an insight into the spooky truths that lie beyond the walls that you live amongst!

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