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Feature: York Minster Revealed

York Minster Revealed is a five-year project, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and due to be completed in early summer 2016. It’s the largest restoration and conservation project of its kind in the UK and will transform your visit to York Minster as well as conserving its world-class stonework and stained glass for generations to come.

When you visit us you’ll see many dynamic changes; state-of-the-art multimedia galleries, new displays of historic collections and stained glass plus interactive interpretations. The new learning opportunities that have been created by the project are available for everyone to enjoy and improved access to the South Transept, Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt will enable you to view York Minster as never before.

Your entrance ticket is valid for a year so you can make more than one visit and witness the project take shape and transform the Minster over time. To find out more about the project visit

The Orb

The medieval stained glass of York Minster’s Great East Window has been described as the English equivalent of the Sistine Chapel. View some of the newly conserved panels up close in our gallery housed in a contemporary design metallic ‘Orb’ within York Minster’s historic East End.

The Orb at York Minster

The Orb is a ten metre wide by three metre tall dome that has been installed in the East of York Minster’s Quire, directly below the Great East Window. You can actually walk inside The Orb to see displays of five newly-conserved panels taken from the Great East Window. Four of the stained glass panels are permanently on display and one is changed each month.

The panels are the brainchild of unsung British artist, John Thornton. They are of such international importance that this collection is comparable with an exhibition of Rembrandt or Vermeer. Find out more >

Conservation & Restoration

Cutting-edge science meets ancient craftsmanship in the largest conservation and restoration project of its kind in the UK. The project is drawing upon international expertise from masons and carvers to glass conservators at the award-winning stone and stained glass studios.

Stonemason working at York Minster

The Stoneyard - almost 3,500 stones need conserving or replacing on the East End. Tradiotional, medieval skills and ground-breaking technology work hand-in-hand to keep the structure secure for the future.

The Bedern Studio and York Glazier's Trust - John Thornton's Great East Window would have been a magnificent sight when first revealed, but time and repair have not been kind. Over 600 years later, it has become the world’s largest jigsaw. Click here to find out more...

The Undercroft

As part of York Minster Revealed, The Undercroft and Treasury have been transformed into a series of dynamic new interactive galleries and exhibitions

The Undercroft at York Minster


Experience a rare place where all times co-exist and where history is alive and breathing within the underground chambers of York Minster. Walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and discover dramatic events that threatened the very existence of York Minster. Explore the lives and treasures of the people, past and present, who have made this one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.

Dynamic new audio visual and interactive galleries reveal the significance behind York Minster’s treasures as never before, in an inspirational, two thousand-year heroic, historic and human journey.

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Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire Window and stay together forever...

Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window and stay together forever...

According to the legend, all loved up couples that kiss under the 'Heart of Yorkshire' window - located within the cathedral's Great West Window - will stay together forever.


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