See Van Gogh for free: Immersive experience joins York Residents Festival line-up

Inside Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. Photograph: Danny Lawson / PA Wire
24 Jan 2020 @ 9.06 am
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You can immerse yourself in the world of a great artist for free this weekend.

The stunning Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a late addition to the York Residents Festival line-up.

Located at York St Mary’s in Coppergate, the installation’s stay in the city was recently extended to 19 April.


Visitors with proof of York residency will be able to explore the attraction free of charge from 4pm-5pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January, with high demand expected for places in the unique experience.

“We were due to close on 5 January, but announced our extension until 19 April just before Christmas, so we are a late addition to the Residents Festival programme, but we hope that plenty of people will join us for the late afternoon sessions,” said exhibition manager, Evie Blackstock.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

‘Get there early’

Photograph: Charlotte Graham
Admission will be free for anyone arriving from 4pm, with last admissions at 5pm.

But with limited capacity, residents are encouraged to get here early and join the queue if they want to secure their place.

Free admission includes access to the 35 minute projection in the main nave of York St Mary’s, along with the colouring station and floral projection in the side aisle.


Normal pricing applies for the Virtual Reality experience, taking visitors on an 11 minute journey through Van Gogh’s Arles – £3 per person, including a 75p donation to local charity SASH.

The attraction will remain open until 19 April 2020 in York St Mary’s in Castlegate, from Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Normal admission prices are £13 for adults, £11 for concessions and £9 for children, with a visit taking around an hour. For more information, visit the website or follow @vangoghexpo on social media.