York Minster

York Minster

Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Suzy

Things to do at York Minster review

York Minster is a cathedral in the heart of York and one of Europe’s largest, of its kind. They have dated the first church on this site back to 627 AD. It was rebuilt for many different reasons throughout the years. There is a vast amount of stained glass windows. Some have been recently cleaned and restored. The main thing about our visit was that I was not expecting to spend quite as long in there as we did so it was well worth the entrance fee.

My favourite part of the cathedral is most certainly the chapter house. The walls themselves support the roof. It’s an amazing design. The Cathedral is still a prominent place of worship. There are some pretty impressive graves within the cathedral. There is a lot to see. There are displays, interactive displays and a lower level to explore. Plus the tower, if you pay extra and the recently opened undercroft.

The Undercroft is the only accredited museum belonging to a cathedral, in the country and it opened in 2013. It was a lot better than I was expecting it to be. It’s fascinating reading all about the cathedral’s past. Starting back at how it was used during the time of the Romans right through until the modern day. You can even see the remains of the Roman barracks through glass panels on the floors. There are many interactive displays, most of which are aimed at children. You can borrow explorer packs for the kids and for an extra cost you can walk up the tower.

York Minster
York Minster with kids
York Minster

FAQ and Further Information York Minster

Is there food and drink available?

There is no cafe at the Cathedral. A cafe would make a wonderful addition.

What are the main things to do?

Large minster with plenty to look at including displays and interactive displays. Undercroft with more interactive displays, tower you can climb and explorer packs for kids.

What are the ticket prices?

*Mid-range.u003cbru003e*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. Adult Minster and tower ticket is £15, minster only £10, children 18 and under are free, with a paying adult (up to 4 children per adult). Other pricing options are available. Once purchased your ticket is then valid for 12 months and you can return as much as you wish.

Is there parking?

There is parking nearby and charges apply. If visiting by car it is easier to use the park and rides.

When are they open?

York Minster is open for most of the year. For up-to-date opening times and dates u003ca href=u0022https://yorkminster.org/visit/plan-your-visit/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eplease follow this linku003c/au003e.

Dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

u003ca href=u0022https://yorkminster.org/visit/plan-your-visit/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eInformation on accessibilityu003c/au003e

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