York Minster is one of northern Europe's oldest, largest, and most magnificent cathedrals. Join a free tour that points out the building's renowned stained-glass windows, architectural details, and artifacts of its millennium-long existence. Wander through interactive galleries telling the cathedral's story. If you're in shape, climb 275 steps to the top of the 70 m (230 ft) tower. You'll pass medieval pinnacles and gothic gargoyles on your way, and earn sweeping panoramic views of the city and Yorkshire countryside as a reward for your effort. The cathedral also welcomes you to attend one of its regular services. Plan your York Minster visit and explore what else you can see and do in York using our York driving holiday planning app.
York Minster reviews
Beautiful - the ancient building work is quite something. Just more than a few thrown stones away from the train station. Although I did not take a guided tour ( will do this the next time ). I... more »
History and stories are plastered all over the wall. It is the first time we are in awe of church building. more »
Absolutely majestic, inside and out. The tour was much better than that of other historic locations. The York Minster has more than 50% of all the Medieval stained glass in England. Because of York's location, the historic glass was not destroyed as it was throughout England. Thus, the interior of the Minster was breathtaking. The church bells are beautiful as well and on some nights, they fill the town with their melodic chimes. It is truly the spiritual heart of York.
Visited on a wet and windy morning during Storm Dennis. Perfect place to seek refuge!! First impression was "wow!" Spoke to a very nice young lady (glasses)on the till. She made us feel immediately welcome. She told us there was a free tour starting soon and if we ever wanted to return to the Minster that our tickets were valid for a year. The tour was really interesting. Unfortunately can't remember her name but she said her daughter was in the choir there. Went into the crypt which was a fascinating time capsule of the place. Then went to the shop. Things were a bit pricey but it was nice to look. You cannot visit York without a trip to York Minster!!
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