Prices are valid for 2017
Option 1: The Learning Centre
Duration of visit: Two hours
Cost: £6.00 per pupil
Session times: Mon to Fri 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
The centre is located in St William's College, adjacent to the East End of the Minster. You can choose from a range of workshops to find out about the past and present life of the Minster. Many topics link into the National Curriculum. The hour in the centre is based on inter-active teaching, which includes a multi-media presentation and (depending on your workshop choice) models, a working replica of a masons' loft, vestments and medieval stained glass on a light box. Students can also learn for themselves from a variety of relevant hands-on activities.
The other hour is a guided tour of the Minster, taken by the same teacher who leads the centre session. Teaching sessions and topics are suitable for all age ranges, from reception classes to sixth-forms and college students.
Centre sessions are often booked a year in advance so early booking is essential.
Option 2: Guided Tour
Duration of visit: One hour
Cost: £4.00 per pupil.
Time: Monday to Friday - 9.30am to 3.00pm
Numbers: 30 pupils max per guide
A general tour of the Minster led by one of our Volunteer School Guides. The tour does not include the Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt, or the Central Tower.
Only a limited number of tours available per week. Early booking essential.
Option 3: Pre-Booked Self Conducted Visit
Cost £3.00 per pupil (1:10 adults free £8.50 per extra adult excluding staff required for KS1 / SEN etc)
One copy per pupil of our treasure hunt is included in the price of admission and they can be collected on arrival.
Climb the Central Tower
Ascend the 275 steps to the top of the tower for unrivalled views across the city and the Vale of York. Can you spot the White Horse of Kilburn, the “golf balls” on Menwith Hill, The Nestle Chocolate factory, or the Drax power station some 15 miles away?
Our PDF guide to the Tower contains four drawings of the views north, south, east and west. Each image highlights the major structures and landmarks that can be seen from that direction.
Prices valid for 2017
- Adults & children £5.00
Tower trips are not bookable in advance. The tower maybe closed at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or maintainance work
Teachers please note:
For health and safety reasons no children under eight are allowed to climb the Tower. Children 16 and under must be accompanied. For security reasons there is no left luggage facility.
Please see our Risk Assessment
Any school group with over 10 children (aged 16 and under) must be accompanied by a minimum of three adults. The three required adults will climb the tower for free, and any extra adults will pay the standard rate.
Groups of 10 or less may climb the Tower with two adults (one front one back) on the proviso that if anyone needs to be escorted down the tower the whole group must come down.