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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. To visit York Minster on your trip to York, use our York trip itinerary planner.
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  • We went to the Minster today. It was on the list of things to do in York. It was busy, but not so crowded as to be unenjoyable. The building is wonderful. Awesome in the true sense of the word. £20 of...  more »
  • The York Minister was beautiful. As a student it was £9 to get in and an additional £5 as I wanted to climb the tower so for two of us it was £28 - a bit steep actually. The tower, if you are able, is...  more »
  • This is one of the most important places in English history- and below the main cathedral (which itself has some fabulous stained glass windows, and some wonderful cloisters to walk in) there is a ver...  more »
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  • Massive space. Your entry ticket allows you to wander through every last nook in the cathedral. For an extra cost, you can head up to the tower (assuming your fit enough to climb the 275 steps); views from above are spectacular!
  • I visited the Minster from Australia just before closing time yesterday. I would recommend allowing a whole afternoon there. The staff were warm, friendly and knowledgeable. I will be back again one day for a more thorough look around, and maybe even attend an Evensong service.
  • Such a shame that the Dean is behaving in such a ludicrous way and not speaking with the wonderful bell ringers, his excuse is basically "It's Sunday, I'm busy!' Dean, wake up, be a Christian, get back your wonderful bell ringers with a grovelling apology. Your Lord, Jesus Christ was not afraid to say sorry, take a leaf out of his book, according to you, it is the Good Book! Learn by it and move forward Many wonder why church congregations are dwindling, need I say more? Dr John, please bring this member of your flock under control, he's in need of a little guidance I feel and bringing in the extra expense of 'professional bell ringers' is absurd. It costs enough you visit God's House (other cheaper places of worship are available dear reader) without the added expense of their wages You have some wonderful bell ringers there who do it for the love of it, what better reason can anyone have? Cherish them, praise them, look after them and whatever you do, don't send them elsewhere.
  • At first I was a bit disappointed because the main stained glass window was under renovation but I was invited to join a choral evensong (though I said I was Catholic) and it was a revelation. The choir made up of boys and adults sang so movingly beautifully that it gave me goosebumps. An unforgettable experience, indeed. The minster inside is a vast building, you can spend there a few hours...
  • You can pay just to visit the church and the undercroft or include the tower visit. Definitely worth the full ticket. Church inside is wonderful. Tower is amazing for its construction and on the undercroft you can see all details about the repair done to avoid the church to collapse.