York Minster

You could visit this place every day for a lifetime and still discover something new.

York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, a vision of heaven on earth crafted in stained glass and stone. For a millennia, people have been drawn to this sacred place but its story stretches back 2,000 years to the birth of modern day Christianity in Roman York. Explore its history, join a service or simply enjoy the space.

A masterpiece in stained glass and stone

The cathedral has more medieval stained glass than anywhere else in the country, including the internationally renowned Great East Window, unveiled in 2018 following a decade-long restoration and conservation project.

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New for 2021

The Grand Organ returns

Hear the magnificent Grand Organ fill the cathedral’s awe-inspiring spaces for the first time since 2018 following the completion of a £2m, once-in-century refurbishment.

See the craft skills which went into restoring the newly unveiled instrument and stay for Evensong to hear its return to full voice.

A programme of events to celebrate the Grand Organ’s return will run throughout 2021 and 2022.

Light, Glass & Stone: Conserving the St Cuthbert Window - coming June 2021

Explore the medieval St Cuthbert Window through a new exhibition which tells the story of the life and miracles of one of Northern England’s most significant saints.

Learn about the cathedral’s project starting in 2021 to conserve the 600-year-old window, which is one of the largest surviving narrative windows in Europe and among the finest remaining examples of the art and techniques of medieval glaziers and stonemasons.

The exhibition includes the rare opportunity to see at close range original stained glass panels removed from the window as part of the conservation and restoration project. Free with general admission.

All general admission visits must be booked in advance, visit our website for further information and to book.