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Summer holidays at York Minster

Up Next: 23rd July 2022, 12:00am
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Keep the whole family entertained this summer with a range of activities designed to help young explorers discover the medieval Minster.

Dragon Quest Trail

Legendary knight, St George, needs your help to find all the dragons in York Minster! Follow the clues and complete your noble quest to discover more about these fascinating fiery creatures that decorate the building. Collect a free trail from our welcome desks or download from our website.

Grab a Little Explorer Backpack

Packed with gadgets including a map, binoculars, and a magnifying glass, our backpacks are perfect for helping little adventurers explore the medieval Minster.

The backpacks are available daily and are free to borrow with general admission on a first come, first served basis.

Get crafty in Dean’s Park – selected Thursdays and Fridays throughout the holidays from 10.00am – 3.00pm

Get hands-on with craft activities in our Summer Tent on selected Thursdays and Fridays during the summer holidays (28 July – 2 September) in Dean’s Park. There will be a different activity each week inspired by the medieval Minster and celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The activities are:

  • Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August – Sculpt a royal bust. Be inspired by the royal carvings at York Minster and create your own clay version to take home!
  • Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August – Make a Royal tile. Decorate your own two-tone clay tile, inspired by our medieval collection.
  • Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August – Create a crown. Make it glitter and sparkle with jewels!
  • Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August – Design your own shield. What would your own personal emblem look like?
York Minster Opening Hours

General visiting:

Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 4.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)

Sun: 12.45pm – 3.15pm (last admission at 2.45pm).

Seasonal Lates:

Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer holidays (22 July - 03 September 2022)

7.00pm - 10.00pm (last admission 9.00pm)

Please note these opening hours are subject to change. Please check our website for the most up to date information.