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 nearly 2,000 years to the birth of modern day Christianity in Roman York.

Explore its history, join a service or simply enjoy the space.

Visit Highlights

Discover a masterpiece in stained glass and stone

The cathedral has the largest in situ collection of medieval stained glass in the country, including the internationally renowned Great East Window, unveiled in 2018 following a decade-long restoration and conservation project.

Explore the Undercroft Museum

Discover nearly 2,000 years of history from the remains of a Roman barracks to 1,000 year old artefacts still used in the cathedral today, housed in state-of the art chambers beneath the cathedral.

Join a guided tour

Join our expert guides for a tour of the cathedral filled with stories and facts from the building’s 800-year history.


Borrow a Little Explorer Backpack filled with gadgets including a binocular, torch and compass to help young adventurers explore the Minster. Follow a treasure hunt or trail including the new Dragon Quest Trail and help legendary knight St George find all the dragons in York Minster.

Climb the Tower

The Central Tower is the highest point in York and offers panoramic views of the city. See medieval stonework and gothic grotesques as you climb the 275 steps to the top (additional charges apply).

Attend Choral Evensong

York Minster remains a thriving church and everyone is invited to join its daily services including Choral Evensong, which is sung by the Choir of York Minster Tuesday to Sunday during term time.

See www.yorkminster.org for opening hours and service times.