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York Unlocked Weekend returns for 2023

York Unlocked 2023 on the weekend of 7 and 8 October 2023 will see the doors thrown open to around 70 fabulous buildings FREE of charge.

The unique 2 day event opens up access to the magnificent buildings and open spaces in the city that are often closed to the public. It aims to help both residents and tourists alike to uncover hidden treasures and experience familiar places through fresh eyes.

York Unlocked 2023 follows a hugely successful first year in which an estimated 20,000 physical visits were made to 60+ buildings. Visitors came from York and nearby, regional cities including Manchester, Durham, Liverpool and London and from as far afield as Australia and the USA.

Favourites from 2022 including the Assembly Rooms, Duncombe Place Masonic Lodge and King’s Manor, are back on this year’s programme along with a wealth of new for 2023 buildings, spanning historic to modern times. New highlights include Bishopthorpe Palace, the Archbishop’s Walled & Pleasure Garden, St Peters School, St Mar’ys Tower and the Minster Refectory. This year’s event will also feature a special ‘Architecture of the Ouse’ cruise in collaboration with City Cruises and new ‘insider tours’.

York Unlocked is a registered charity and the event is run entirely by a small team of volunteers supported by the goodwill of building owners and managers. The weekend has also been made possible thanks to kind funding from York BID, the Dulverton Trust, RIBA Yorkshire and the York Common Good Trust.

Kathy M King, founder of York Unlocked, explains:

“York is blessed with a rich diversity of building gems and open spaces that all have amazing stories to tell. Maybe you’ve walked past for years on your daily commute and wondered what lies behind the door, or you are new to York and want to learn more about its rich history. This special event enables you to see familiar places through fresh eyes and explore these hidden treasures across one fabulous weekend. Whether you are an architecture buff with a tick-list of specific buildings or a family seeking to see the city in a different light, York Unlocked is guaranteed to inspire, delight and intrigue.”

Please visit the website for a list of buildings and events so far for 2023.

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