York Minster Review Guide

There is actually more to York Minster than it would seem. We can usually spend at least an hour in there if not longer and it’s certainly worth a visit.

York Minster is located in the north of the city centre close to many of the shops and restaurants. It is clear that the minster has had a lot of money spent on it and it’s hard to believe that it once suffered extensive fire damage back in 1984.

York Minster Things To Do Review

The Minster is also known as the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York. York Minster is definitely easier to say. It is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe and it was first completed in 1472 after several centuries of building.

The interior of York Minster is nothing short of spectacular. There are lots of different areas to the minster to explore and look around. Don’t rush though as there is lots of intricate detail that can be easily missed.

York Minster Review Guide

We especially loved the octagonal-shaped Chapter House. The acoustics in here are amazing. I recommend you give it a try, quietly of course.

York Minster Review Guide
York Minster Review Guide
York Minster Review Guide

The nave was built in 1291 and 1350 and it is decorated in the Gothic style. It is the widest nave in England and it is incredibly impressive. The detail is spectacular.

York Minster Review Guide
York Minster Review Guide

Down in the Crypt, there is quite a spooky feeling to the minster and there is a rather large and important looking tomb with a stunning mosaic in front of it.

York Minster Review Guide
York Minster Review Guide

There are some very elaborate plaques dedicated to the deceased many of which are in Latin. We spent quite some time looking for the oldest one.

York Minster Review Guide

We were starting to tire by the time we’d reached the rear of the Minster so we sat for a while and took in the magnificent stained glass window. One of their volunteers came over and asked if she could tell us more about it. I was glad we said yes as it was fascinating.

The stained glass has recently been cleaned and repaired to quite a costly sum. It was worth it though as it is spectacular. Looking around it soon becomes clear that there are still many windows that would benefit from this treatment which they are planning to do over the next 20 years. It’s nice to be able to visit to hopefully help with funding.

The minster has the largest collection of medieval stained glass in the UK.

The Undercroft Museum is an excellent addition to York Minster. There is plenty to look at including lots of interactive displays to keep the kids interested.

You can see excavated walls, Roman remains and other archaeological finds. You will discover more about Roman soldiers and the minster’s connections to Viking York. The museum weaves through the underground area of the Minster.

York Minster Review Guide

It really is a magnificent place to visit and you certainly don’t have to be religious to enjoy your time there.

In more normal times the tower is also open. This is open to those ages 8 and over and tower trips are available to purchase on the day of your visit.

York Minster FAQ & Further Information

Address, Deangate, York YO1 7HH North Yorkshire. Phone: 01904 557200

Category – Historic Attraction – Indoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

Adult ticket costs £12, children 16 and under are free with a paying adult (up to 4 children with one paying adult).

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Historic minster with impressive interiors, a crypt, magnificent stained glass windows and an undercroft museum. There are toilets and a shop.

When are they open?

York Minster is open for most of the year although they only open in the afternoons on a Sunday.

Is there food available?

There is no cafe on-site. There are places nearby where you can purchase food and drink.

Is there parking?

There is parking nearby, charges apply. York centre is easier accessed using their numerous park and ride facilities.

Are they dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?


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