A York Minster hidden tour is an amazing way to discover spaces in the Minster normally closed to public access.

Take a journey with one of our expert tour guides and learn previously untold stories about how parts of the Minster were built and the people who made it happen.

Chapter House and Mason’s Loft

Go above the rooftops of York and explore one of York Minster’s architectural gems with our hidden tour of the Chapter House roof and old Mason’s Loft.

Learn how 13th century Masons used a revolutionary engineering technique to create a structure that is one of the wonders of medieval carpentry. View the centuries-old design drawings still visible on the Tracing floor, see Victorian wooden templates and touch timber believed to be nearly 1,000 years old.

These tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am and cost £20, which includes general admission and a 12 month pass for York Minster.*

Tickets are available from the admission desks at York Minster or by calling 01904 557200.

All tickets are subject to availability. Booking in advance is recommended but tickets may be available on the day.

York Minster hidden tours are only available for those aged 18 and above, and those interested must adhere to the Health and Safety guidelines detailed here.

Please inform us in advance if you are coming as part of a group which exceeds 10 people.

*If you are a York resident, tickets cost just £10 with entry to the Minster free of charge all year round with a York Card or valid proof of address.