The BBC History Magazine's History Weekend in York boasts a diverse programme of lectures, interactive Q&As and book signings with some of the world’s leading historians – all held in a magnificent historical setting.



This year's festival takes place in two fantastic venues located in the heart of the historic city of York.

We will again be returning to the Yorkshire Museum. Opened in 1830, it was one of the first purpose-built museums in England and is the hub of the botanical Museum Gardens. The museum and gardens are next to Lendal Bridge, the main river bridge between York railway station and York Minster. Our lectures will take place in the Tempest Anderson Hall, located inside the main entrance of the museum.

Our second lecture venue is new for 2018. King's Manor, a stunning collection of Grade I listed medieval buildings, is located just a 2-minute walk from the museum in Exhibition Square. Talks will take place in the Huntingdon Lecture Room, which is located on the first floor, accessed via the main entrance. Clear event signage will guide you on the day. The main information desk for the weekend will be in King's Manor, so if you have any queries or would like to buy extra tickets (cash payment only), please come and visit us there.

York speaker programme

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History Fringe

As well as our main lectures series, festival visitors can also enjoy our exciting History Fringe sessions. Taking place at King’s Manor throughout Saturday and Sunday, these free 15-minute sessions are guaranteed to keep you occupied and informed between talks. Hosted by scholars from the University of York, these educational taster sessions will cover a broad range of fascinating topics. Please note that seats for History Fringe sessions are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Festival hub and WHSmith book store

Located in King's Manor, our festival hub includes ticket information and sales, limited edition BBC History Magazine merchandise, the WHSmith Book Store (stocked with current speaker books as well as general interest titles), a cafe, the History Fringe sessions, and the BBC History Magazine stand – so please pop by for a browse and a chat with the team.

York History Weekend 2017.

Food and drink

The festival cafe is located on the first floor in King’s Manor and will be serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and light snacks during the weekend. Please note that for evening lectures starting after 5pm, the cafe will not be open.

As both venues are located within the beautiful historic city centre of York there are many food, drink and retail options right on the festival’s doorstep.


The Yorkshire Museum (postcode: YO1 7FR) can be found in the heart of historic York. It is a 10-minute walk from the city's main train station. The closest carpark to the museum is Marygate car park, located just a 5-minute walk away. The entrance to Tempest Anderson Hall, where some of our lectures are taking place, is via the main museum entrance. There will be signage and staff to direct you to the lecture hall when you arrive. King’s Manor is part of the University of York (University of York, Exhibition Square, YO1 7EP). It is a short 10-15-minute walk from York train station and is easily accessed on foot from the museum.

Both venues have full disabled access. If you have any special access requirements, please email in advance of the event.

York Map.


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