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 email@example.com at least 28 days in advance of your visit to arrange a guided tour. For School groups and enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Cross Stitch Christmas Decoration Workshop
- 7 December 2013 1-3pm *on now
Get creative this Christmas in the stunning surroundings of York Minster’s Chapter House.
With help and guidance from the York Minster Broderers you will create a unique and attractive cross stitched Christmas tree decoration.
Your ticket includes entry to York Minster and seasonal refreshments (tea, coffee or fresh fruit juice and a mince pie or festive biscuit). Please indicate any dietary requirements when booking.
Suitable for ages 7+ (children must be accompanied by an adult.) Pre-booking essential.
An ideal pre-Christmas treat for the family!
- Any age
£15 (includes entry to York Minster)
Handel's Messiah performed by York Minster Choir
- 14 December 2013 7-9:30pm
The York Minster Choir will perform an additional, special concert this Christmas in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave.
Featuring soloists including Iestyn Davies, Andrew Kennedy and Sarah Fox, the performance of Handel’s world-famous Messiah by one of the UK’s leading choirs promises to be a highlight in the Minster’s musical calendar and an evening not to be missed.
The illustrious work was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most popular English oratorios. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to experience the story of Christ through this moving and poignant choral performance.
To purchase wheelchair and carer tickets, please contact the box office on 01904 557 208.
- Any age
£12.00 - £25.00
Christmas at York Minster: Peg Doll Angels
- 14 December 2013 10am-3pm
Create your own Festival of Angels souvenir, inspired by York Minster’s Great East Window!
Make an adorable peg doll angel, inspired by angels in the Great East Window.
The finished doll can either stand or be hung. A Christmas decoration that will be brought out year after year!
Suitable for ages 5+ (children must be accompanied by an adult.) Pre-book or drop-in between 10am and 3pm.
- Any age
£2.50 per participant (regular admission charges apply)
Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop
- 21 December 2013 10am-12:30pm
Create a beautiful Christmas wreath, using fresh foliage from the Deanery gardens and other natural materials. An ideal pre-Christmas treat for the family! Your ticket includes entry to York Minster and seasonal refreshments (tea, coffee or fresh fruit juice and a mince pie or festive biscuit). Please indicate any dietary requirements when booking. Suitable for ages 7+ (children must be accompanied by an adult.) Pre-booking essential.
- Any age
- Family friendly
£15.00 (including entrance to York Minster).
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.