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York Minster, York

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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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  • I've always expected York Minster to be a bit bigger. Still, I found it charming. I doubt you will miss it when you visit so I see no reason to explicitly suggest you to drop by the minster. If you in...  more »
  • Unfortunately on the day we visited the museum in the crypt and the tower were both closed to visitors. However we were able to look around the Minster which is awe inspiring for people of all faiths....  more »
  • This past Monday reception failed to inform my daughter and I that there was a minimum age limit for children to ascend the tower. Her children (my grandchildren) clearly under eight years old (five a...  more »
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  • An amazing piece of architecture and history. If you get the chance to take one of the tours, please do...they are excellent. I'd even recommend taking the tour more than once since each tour guide has their own favorite highlights and you will get something new and different every time.
  • Steep entry fee of £10, but it is valid for 24 hours. The short guide is a super deal to help you see everything quickly and then return leisurely. Very beautiful Minster which requires much for upkeep, I'm sure. Crowds are huge. Better to go very late, but before 16:00 as Chapter House closes then and must be seen. Crowds thin after Evensong is finished leaving optimal time for photos.
  • Stunning and unique building. Well staffed with knowledgeable, helpful and friendly people. Any queues are dealt with in a highly efficient manner. Tickets are valid for 12 MONTHS which is great value for money if you return. Disabled Friendly. Very approachable and patient clergy and assistants.
  • Absolutely beautiful! We are not Church of England, but went along to their Evensong service. It went for about 45mins and the choir was incredible. What a lovely way to see the magnificent cathedral. Everyone was super welcoming too!
  • Very impressive cathedral. My five year old son really enjoyed the activity back pack they loan out, which contained: binoculars, a torch, a magnifying glass, and loads more. It definitely made the visit more interesting for him.

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Despite York’s relatively small size, accommodations come in a variety of styles. You can choose from privately owned townhouses, low-cost hotels, luxurious international chains, and quiet B&Bs and guesthouses. For that ultimate urban experience, consider staying in the historical city center. This part of town is packed with options for every taste and budget, all close to York’s main attractions, as well as its main transportation systems. Just a short walk from the city center, family-run guesthouses in quiet neighborhoods offer cozy rooms and modern amenities at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. Alternatively, the surrounding countryside is filled with charming private homes eager to welcome guests.
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