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Postcode: YO1 7HH

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Experience the grandeur of Gothic architecture and the beauty of stained glass at York Minster - a timeless masterpiece of history and art.

Visitor Information: York Minster

  • York Minster
    Description

    York Minster, located in the heart of the historic city of York, is one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in the world and a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, art, and architecture. Built over a period of 250 years, the cathedral boasts stunning stained glass windows, intricate carvings, and a rich history dating back to the 7th century.

    Upon entering the cathedral, visitors are immediately struck by the soaring nave, which is the widest Gothic nave in Europe. The nave is lined with beautiful columns, each one adorned with intricate carvings, and leads to the magnificent Great East Window, which is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.

    Overall, a visit to York Minster is a truly unforgettable experience that offers visitors an insight into the history and culture of one of the most important cathedrals in Europe. So why not plan your visit today and discover the wonders of this magnificent Gothic cathedral for yourself?

  • Highlights
    Not to be missed when visiting

    The Great East Window: Admire the stunning Great East Window, one of the largest and most intricate stained glass windows in the world.

    The Chapter House: Explore the Chapter House, which features a stunning display of medieval stained glass and is home to one of the most impressive surviving examples of medieval tile floors in Europe.

    The Quire: Discover the beautifully carved Quire, where choral services take place in a serene setting.

    The Five Sisters Window: Observe the elegant Five Sisters Window, located in the north transept, is one of the oldest surviving examples of medieval stained glass in the world, while the Rose Window, located above the west entrance, is a masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship and design.

    The Central Tower: Optionally, climb the 275 steps to the top of the Central Tower for panoramic views of the city of York and the surrounding countryside. The climb is challenging, but the views from the top are simply breath-taking and well worth the effort.

    The Undercroft Museum: Visit the Undercroft Museum which houses a collection of artefacts and exhibits detailing the history of the cathedral and its role in the city’s history.

    The Minster Library: Learn about York Minster’s history and ancient manuscripts at the Minster Library.

    The Nave: Marvel at the vastness of the Nave, adorned with soaring columns and an impressive wooden roof.

    The Stoneyard: If interested, take a guided tour of the Stoneyard, where skilled craftsmen work on restoration projects.

    The Orb: Marvel at the Orb, a gilded sphere on top of the Central Tower containing historical artefacts and a viewfinder.

    The Heart Shrine: Discover the Heart Shrine, a modern addition with an ancient relic of St. William of York.

    The Chapter House Tea Room: Enjoy a cup of tea and light refreshments at the Chapter House Tea Room.

FAQs

  • Is there an entrance fee to visit York Minster?

    Yes, there is an entrance fee to visit York Minster. The current fees start at £16 for adults with under 17s going free with a paying adult. Visit the website for up to date prices.

  • Is there a train station nearby?

    York Railway station is located on Station Road, York, YO24 1AB. It is around an 8 minute walk to York Minster.

  • Is there an onsite car park for York Minster?

    No, there is no parking available on-site. It is recommended to use public transportation or nearby parking facilities.

  • Can I attend a service at York Minster?

    Absolutely! York Minster hosts regular religious services, and visitors are welcome to attend them. Attending a service can be a serene and unique experience to soak in the spiritual ambiance of the cathedral.

  • Is York Minster accessible to people with disabilities?

    Yes, York Minster strives to be accessible to all visitors. It offers facilities for visitors with disabilities, including wheelchair access, accessible toilets, and elevators to access different levels of the building.

  • Can I take photos inside York Minster?

    Yes, photography is allowed inside the cathedral for personal use. However, please refrain from using flash photography, as it can be damaging to the historic artefacts and artwork.

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