Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
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Expert review of York Minster
York’s most famous and iconic structure, this monumental dedication is the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. In the making since the early 7th century and built over the heart of York’s Roman fortress, the current structure started in 1220 is the 6th to stand on this site. Whatever your religious persuasion or otherwise, there’s no denying that the skill, craft and artistry that went into York Minster is absolutely staggering and is a must-visit on any journey to York.
A visit to the Cathedral Church of St. Peter reveals some of England’s oldest and finest stained glass, exquisite carpentry and masonry work. An entry ticket also allows access to the treasury, crypt and undercroft where tantalising, in-situ glimpses of York’s Roman and Viking past are on display.
To satisfy confusion, York Minster is both a Minster and a Cathedral. A Minster is an Anglo-Saxon name for a place for missionary learning. A Cathedral is a later conquesting Norman term to signify the seat of a Bishop (a Cathedra) applied when the penultimate church incarnation was begun during the 11th century. The word Minster has stuck, though both terms apply.
The Minster (including guided tour), undercroft, treasury and crypt: Adults £8.00, concessions £4.50, children under 16 free.
To climb the Central Tower is extra; adults £5.50, concessions £3.50, children £3.50 (8 years of age and over only).
Accepts Yorkshire Pass (See the Sights and attractions section on my York insider tips page for more details).
More information on York Minster:
- Price guide:
- Historic site, Landmark / monument, Religious site
- Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
- +44 844 939 0016
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 9am (9.30am Nov-Mar)-5.30pm. Sunday noon-3.45pm. No sightseeing on Good Friday and Easter Sunday or on Sundays before noon.
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