8 Wonders of York Minster
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York Minster provides a wealth of history for you to discover. The Minster itself is an architectural masterpiece and a treasure house of stained glass. It is a living community of Christian worship where the sound of choral music has lifted the spirits of visitors and pilgrims for centuries.
We want you to enjoy your visit and make the most of your time here. Come and experience the beauty of the Quire and the Chapter House.
Gaze from the top of the Central Tower, across the pinnacles and gargoyles of the Minster, looking out onto the medieval streets of historic York and to the countryside beyond.
Sacred space, Museum, Heritage site, Archaeological site
The Minster is open daily for early services from 7.00am and usually closes at 6.30pm.
For sightseeing in the Minster:
Mon - Sat: 9.00am (9.30am November- March) - last entry 5.00pm Sunday: 12.00noon - 3.45pm
No sightseeing on Good Friday and Easter Sunday or on Sundays before 12.00noon.
Guided tours can be arranged for visiting groups, and in a number of different languages. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 28 days in advance of your visit to arrange a guided tour. For School groups and enquiries please contact email@example.com or phone 0844 939 0017
Charges are made for those visiting for sightseeing purposes. No charges are made for those who wish to enter the Minster to pray or light a candle. Please ask a member of staff on arrival.
It costs £20,000 a day for the building's upkeep and we have had to introduce an entry charge to maintain this holy and historic building. We trust you understand why we have had to take this step.
The charges are:
Entry into the Minster (optional free guided tour) including entry to the Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt
Senior (60+)/student: £8.00
Children with family (16 and under): Free
Entry to the Tower:
Senior (60+)/student: £4.50
Child (age 8 to 16): £3.50
Children under the age of 8 may not climb the Tower
Photography including camcorders, for personal use, is free.
Photographs are not permitted to be taken in the Undercroft.
Special Services during Lent and Easter
- 5 March — 20 April 2014 *on now
Solemn Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes, 5 March, 5:15pm
On the first day of Lent, as we look towards Good Friday six weeks later, ashes are traced on our foreheads to remind us that we are invited to walk with Christ in the way of the Cross
•Lent Meditations followed by Compline, 6,13,20 March, 3, 10 April, 8:30pm
Simple reflective addresses in the stillness of the Minster, complemented by the singing of beautiful music in a short service marking the end of the day
•Procession with Palms and Eucharist, 13 April, 10am
A procession from the Mansion House to the Minster enacts Jesus’ acclamation as King by the people on entering Jerusalem, followed in the Minster by hearing of his suffering and death on a cross
•Daily Choral Evensong during Holy week, 5:15pm
The Minster’s world-renowned Choir sings music to complement readings and prayers enabling us to enter into the events of Jesus’ last days on earth
•Chrism Eucharist, 17 April, 11am
The clergy and lay ministers of the Diocese renew their commitment to serve Christ, and oils are blessed for the anointing (chrismation) of the sick and dying and of those who commit themselves to Christ
•Eucharist of the Last Supper, 17 April, 7pm
The events of the night before Jesus died are enacted, particularly the ritual washing of feet as a sign of humility, and keeping watch with Christ as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane
•The Liturgy of Good Friday, 18 April, 10am
On the day that Jesus died a large wooden cross is the focus of our contemplation of the generous love of God made known in Christ’s giving of his life for the world
•Outdoor Baptisms, 19 April, 2:30pm
The Archbishop presides over an ecumenical service in which Christians of a variety of traditions bring to be baptised in water those who wish to commit themselves to Christ
•Easter Vigil, Baptism and Confirmation, 19 April, 8:30pm
A powerful service in which the resurrection of Christ from the dead is celebrated with the Easter Candle being brought into a darkened Minster and candidates are baptised and confirmed in the Crypt by the Archbishop
•Solemn Eucharist 10am, Matins 11:30am, Evensong 4pm, 20 April
Services of joy, colour, movement, music and splendour celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead and begin the 50 days of Easter
Music for Passiontide
- 27 March — 12 April 2014
Concert outline includes:
• St Peter's School Choral and Orchestral Concert on 27 March at 7pm. The programme features Elgar – Wand of Youth Orchestral Suite, Bruch – Violin Concerto (two movements) and Howard Goodall – Eternal Light.
• York Musical Society performing Handel's Messiah on 29 March at 7.30pm. Soloists joining the chorus and orchestra for this ever popular rendition are soprano Philippa Boyle, alto Daniela Thomas, tenor Jason Darnell and baritone Eamonn Dougan.
• Chapter House Choir performing St John Passion by Bob Chilcott on 5 April at 7.30pm. The Choir are joined by guest soloists, performing the passion story with dramatic and beautiful music and hymns.
• JS Bach St John Passion performed by The York Minster Choir on 12 April at 7:30pm. A dramatic representation of the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, as told in the Gospel of John.
- Not suitable for children
Between £6 and £20.
- 7 — 21 April 2014
Themed Little Explorer Backpacks
Story Chest in the Children’s Chapel
From Palm Sunday onwards there are free Easter Trails for children and families
Adults are also invited to ‘Discover the Easter Story’ around the Minster
The Minster’s Easter Garden is on display for all in the North Transept
Lectio Divina (prayerful reading of the Bible) sessions in the Western Crypt
Every Wednesday in Lent at 11am and 3pm, 12 March – 9 April
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
Normal admission charges apply, York residents free admission with proof of address.
York Minster Interactive Map
Interactive, clickable map with details and pictures of points of interest at York Minster, colour coded to show Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular architectural styles.