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York Minster, York

Must see · Architectural Building · Church
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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  • Even with the construction. The beauty still comes through. Really wish the inside was open and hope to get back someday to see it. It’s hard to go to york and not visit it.  more »
  • I may be biased having grown up around the Minster, but it is a stunning building and lovely to walk around. The one way route for COVID worked well and there were plenty of things to stop and look...  more »
  • Beautiful! - the ancient building work is quite something. 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 decided to....  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!!
  • Magnificent cathedral and the largest Cathedral in Northern Europe. Just go there and take few pictures. Worth visiting and you have different shops and restaurants nearby such as McDonald, Betty(Afternoon Tea), Five Guys and loads of other local foods restaurants.
  • Never been to the Minster but can see why it's such a hit with visitors. Informative staff. Incredible artifacts and very contemplative surrounding. The entry ticket is valid for 12 months from date of entry so, keep it in a safe place as you can return many times.
  • I used to assume that all cathedrals would be the same. Growing up near York meant that I knew no others. As the years have gone by I have visited many of the great European cities and their cathedrals. So far I have not seen a better one. It is truly magnificent and gives the sense of wonder and awe which one should feel in the presence of God.

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