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York Minster, York

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#1 of 309 in Historic Sites in Yorkshire
Must see · Architectural Building · Church
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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.
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  • Just saw outside not going to pay £12 to get in. OK for those who can return again through the year but far too expensive for a day trip. Durham Cathedral is free. Looks like outside needs a lot of... 
    Just saw outside not going to pay £12 to get in. OK for those who can return again through the year but far too expensive for a day trip. Durham Cathedral is free. Looks like outside needs a lot of...  more »
  • No uniformity of opening hours. Website states last admission is 4pm on website. Arrived at 3.42. Sign outside says last entrance at 3.45 but informed by staff outside that that is also incorrect and....  more
    No uniformity of opening hours. Website states last admission is 4pm on website. Arrived at 3.42. Sign outside says last entrance at 3.45 but informed by staff outside that that is also incorrect and....  more »
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  • Fantastic visit to this astounding, amazing, beautiful, peaceful and serene building. I am not a Christian but York Minster does inspire a belief in something more. It isn't so vast that you can't see everything it has to offer in an afternoon, in as much detail as you want. Not crowded, even on a Saturday. Children enter for free, adults are a reasonable £12 each. Good, clean, accessible toilets are available and there is the obligatory shop on the way out. There are multiple points for stopping and reflecting/prayer, including candle lighting stations. Donations requested but not obligatory. Convenient cashless points for donation as well as cash collections. Several small chapels, main altar, knave, etc. Smaller attached rooms/chambers to explore all exquisitely adorned/decorated and a comprehensive guide book and knowledgeable guides to consult at various points. I thought our 3 children (10, 6 and 3) would be bored after 20 minutes, but after an 1hr and 40 minutes they were only just beginning to tire and/or become bored. The stained glass windows, carvings and different chapels really captured their attention. There was also a short service/invitation to prayer and request for a short silence at 3pm from a chaplain and were informed there would be another at 5pm too. I thoroughly recommend a visit here if you are in York and can't praise the staff and the building highly enough.
  • Amazing experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the minster. Such a wonderful, historical, and awe inspiring place. The tower climb is a must as the views at the top are spectacular. Also, every member of staff we met was really friendly and helpful. Will visit again on future trips to the UK!

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