Please note this is only a guide to help you with your risk assessments and we strongly advise that if in doubt you pre-visit.
York Minster is a medieval cathedral open to the general public. Health and safety policies are in place and are regularly reviewed. It is considered, by us, that visiting York Minster or York Minster Learning Centre is a very low risk activity.
We strongly advise that if in doubt you pre-visit, for which there is no charge. Please contact us to arrange a suitable time on 01904 557275.
Download our Essential Pre-Visit Information (including Risk Assessment form) here
Access / Egress steps are all in sound condition and fitted with hand rails. Wheel chair access is also possible. There is no public access to restricted high level areas of the building. The stone flooring is generally sound with no apparent trip hazards. If maintenance work is being carried out all hazardous areas are isolated and warning signs displayed. There are designated qualified first aiders on site. In the unlikely event of an emergency Minster staff will supervise evacuation.
The Central Tower
Please note there are 275 steps to the top. Climbing the Tower may not be suitable for those with heart conditions, vertigo, claustrophobia, high blood pressure, angina, breathing problems (asthma, hay fever, bronchitis) poor mobility or who are pregnant. For health and safety reasons, no children under 8 are allowed to climb the tower.
The Learning Centre
Groups using the Learning Centre are at no greater risk than in a supervised classroom. Centre staff will be with your group throughout your visit. Your accompanying staff must remain at all times. In the unlikely event of an emergency Centre Staff will supervise evacuation. Movement from the Minster to the Learning Centre does involve crossing one very quiet road. Accompanying staff must be in attendance.
Safety Advice and Code of Conduct for Visiting Groups
Before entering the Minster please switch all mobile phones to silent, for use as a camera only.
We ask all visitors to respect this holy place and other visitors by not shouting, running or making unnecessary noise.
Eating or drinking in the Minster is not allowed, and please keep your belongings with you at all times.
Be aware of anything that is likely to be of risk to your group, such as: areas which are roped off, or tripping or slipping hazards.
Avoid causing bottlenecks and leave room for others to pass you and your group.
Do not take your group into areas not normally accessible to the general public, unless you have permission to do so.
The Minster Police control all emergency situations: fire, bomb alerts, ill health or injury to visitors, all direction goes through them unless or until emergency services takeover.
If you see anything suspicious or dangerous, report it to a member of staff straightaway.
If you hear the fire alarm, or an evacuation is announced, evacuate your group via the nearest available exit or as directed by a member of staff.
If there is a medical emergency in your group, report it immediately to a member of staff or the Minster Police.
ALL accidents must be reported and entered in the accident book.
Approved by: Health and Safety Officer at York Minster.