Experience one of the top visitor attractions in York with a trip to York Minster. Regularly voted one of the most popular things to do in York, the Minster is not only an architecturally stunning building but is a place to discover the history of York over the centuries, its artefacts and treasures.

The Minster is open for sightseeing everyday as well as regular services, events and concerts. Please note there are occasions when York Minster is open for services only. Please check our Closures section for sightseeing closures.

Opening Times

For services

Open daily from 7:00am until 6:30pm - for service times, please check the calendar.

For closures

View our calendar of when the Minster is closed

Please note: Due to Evensong preparation, the Quire closes at 4.15pm for general tourism as does The East End and Crypt (from 4.30pm). All until 6pm. On Sundays these time are brought forward one hour.
All other areas are unaffected.


For sightseeing

Weekdays :
Open 9:00am; last entry at 5.00pm

12.45pm - 5.00pm


1pm - 5.00pm

Tower trips may be affected by weather all year round so please ask about Tower trips prior to your arrival or on as you arrive for your visit.

Minster Shop Opening Hours

The shop is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm and on a Sunday 12.30pm - 5.30pm.


There are a range of ticket options to suit every visitor, from families to individuals and those wanting to visit more of York's brilliant attractions. For those travelling in a group of 10 or more people, find out about Group Visits.

Plus, your admission ticket to York Minster is valid for 12 months! A free guided tour is included in your admission price, subject to availability. Adult admission starts from just £10 and children under-16 can visit the Minster for free with an adult!

Combined Ticket (Minster and Tower)

Adult - £15
Seniors and Students - £14
Child (ages 8-16*) - £5

*To climb the tower you must be 8+

Minster Only

Adult - £10
Seniors and Students - £9
Child - Free with paying adult*

*valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with one adult (excluding groups of 10+).

UK tax payers may 'Gift Aid' their entrance fee which means that we can claim back 25% of your entrance fee from HM Revenue and Customs.

Did you know?

York Residents: Entrance to the Minster is free with valid identification including: driving licence, utility bill, or proof of York address. Details of the YorkCard scheme are available here

Your Minster ticket includes a free guided tour (subject to availability).

It costs £20,000 a day to run York Minster. Your admission charge directly supports the future of this holy and historic building. In these circumstances we trust you will understand why we charge for entry. No charges are made for those who wish to enter York Minster to pray, light a candle, or attend a service.


  • Saturday 8 October 2016
    Minster closed until 14:30 due to the Northern Provincial Eucharist.
  • Tuesday 18 October 2016
    York Minster closed until 14:30 due to the Consecration of the Bishop of Bolton and the Bishop of Berwick.
  • Tuesday 1 November 2016
    York Minster closed until 11:30 due to private service
  • Tuesday 15 November 2016
    York Minster closed all day due to York St John Graduation ceremonies.
  • Wednesday 16 November 2016
    York Minster closed all day due to York St John Graduation ceremonies.
  • Thursday 17 November 2016
    York Minster closed all day due to York St John Graduation ceremonies.
  • Saturday 19 November 2016
    York Minster closed until 13:30 due to the Diocesan Admission of Reader' service.

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