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York Minster, York

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#1 of 165 in Historic Sites in Yorkshire
Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • Wow! This place is amazing, and the tribute stained glass window, commemorating the women who fought & died in wars, was stunning. It's the only tribute of its kind.  more »
  • Living in York most of my life The Minister was a,ways there to visit. The tragedy of the fire I witnessed from my home. Fortunate,y the fire was contained, now the Minister is restored to it's former...  more »
  • They could not have been friendlier or more informative. Having been in a lot of churches this was by far one of the friendliest. Very interesting history. Glad we went.  more »
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  • York Minster is a beautiful place to visit There is a sense of calm around it even when there are lots of people there. Obviously this is a building steeped in history. My boyfriend is an architectural stone mason by trade so naturally felt very at home here Well worth a visit
  • I love visiting cathedrals, and the York Minster was beautiful to visit. The stained glass and outer and inner architecture is stunning, my favourite bits are the 'imperfections'. Really calm and peaceful inside.
  • Main tourist attraction in York and tallest building in town. The cathedral is impressive from the outside with clean walls and aggressive style. The outside garden is small but nice to walk around. The enter to the cathedral you need to pay £10 which doesn't include the tower. To go to the tower you'll pay £5 more. You cannot go to the tower without paying the main ticket. So going to the tower is always £15. The views from the top are kind of boring tho.
  • Absolutely beautiful church! Walk around gawking at all of the stained glass windows and the hundreds of years old monuments and you forget that this is an active church.... until a service starts. Highly recommend paying the extra 5 pounds to climb the tower. Be ready for 300 spiral stairs though. The view at the top is worth it.
  • Absolutely incredible! You can't visit york without seeing this place. Amazing architecture, will take your breath away once you walk inside.

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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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