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Reopening update

York Minster is now open for sightseeing. Tickets must be booked in advance online and can be booked up to two weeks in advance of your visit.

Please note, it is now a requirement for visitors to wear a face covering in places of worship, and that you must not mix/meet with people outside of your household or support bubble while in the Minster.

See our visitor safety measures page for details of the measures we have put in place in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and see below for details of our opening times and what you can see on your visit.

Opening times

See our standard opening times or search the calendar below.

General visiting

Mon - Thurs 11am - 4:30pm
Fri - Sat 10am - 4:30pm
Sun 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Undercroft Museum

CLOSED

Shop

Mon - Thurs: 11.30am - 4.30pm
Fri - Sat : 10.30am – 4pm
Sundays – 12.30pm – 4pm

Worship

Mon - Sat: 7.30am - 6pm
Sun: 10am - 4.30pm

Check the dates of your visit

Thursday 22nd October

11:00 am - 4:30 pmGeneral Admission View Description
Entry via the West End and exit via the shop or the South Transept.

Last entry 15:30.
11:30 am - 4:30 pmMinster Shops open View Description
Both the Minster Shop and 9 Minster Gates are open.
What's on

Booking tickets

All tickets must be pre-booked online up to 15 minutes before your arrival time – we are not currently able to accommodate walk-up sales.

If you already have a valid ticket (including York Pass) and would like to return for a repeat visit, or if you are a York resident and are entitled to free entry, you must still pre-book an arrival slot here.

Or to purchase tickets, click here or see details below.

Admission Prices

All sightseeing visits must be booked in advance online

Minster only

Adult/Senior - £11.50

Students (not studying in York) - £9

Child (16 and under)* - free with a paying adult

York resident/York student - free with proof of address

*Up to four children with one paying adult.

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Minster and tower

*Please note the Minster’s Central Tower is currently closed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Adult/Senior - n/a

Students (not studying in York) - n/a

Child (16 and under) - n/a

To climb the tower you must be aged 8+.

Tower trips are weather dependent so Minster and Tower tickets can only be bought on the door.

Ticket information

It costs £23,000 a day to run York Minster and your admission fee directly supports the future of the cathedral. We never charge for people to enter the cathedral to pray, light a candle or attend a service.

Valid for 12 months

Keep your ticket and return throughout the year

Children go free

Up to four children go free with one paying adult

York residents and York students free

With proof of address including a YorkCard, driving licence or utility bill. Students must have local College/Uni ID card with valid date.

Discover 2,000 years of history in the Undercroft Museum

*Please note the Undercroft is currently closed but we’re working hard to reopen it as soon as it is safe to do so.*

Purchase a souvenir guide book

Our 64-page souvenir guide book is packed with information and stunning full-colour photos of the cathedral. You can order a copy to collect from our welcome team when you arrive while purchasing your tickets using the link below. Alternatively, you can buy copies in the Minster Shops during your visit or online at shop.yorkminster.org.

Purchase here

Getting here

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH

  • By train
  • By bus
  • By car
  • By plane
  • By boat
  • City info

York Minster is a ten minute walk from York Railway Station, which is in Station Road, York, YO24 1AB.

Please note that random bag searches may be carried out when you enter the cathedral. Wheeled bags, and bags larger than hand luggage are not permitted in York Minster. There are a number of left luggage facilities in the city including Yorbag.

Several bus services make stops in the city centre, with the nearest stop in St Leonard’s Place. To plan your journey, visit the iTravelYork website.

For details of coach parking in the city centre, see the City of York Council.

Please note that random bag searches may be carried out when you enter the cathedral. Wheeled bags, and bags larger than hand luggage are not permitted in York Minster. There are a number of left luggage facilities in the city including Yorbag.

Unfortunately there is no parking available at the cathedral.

You can park for free at one of the six Park and Ride sites around the city with the nearest stop a few minutes’ walk away in Museum Street. Full details for the York Park and Ride service is available here.

The nearest pay and display car parks are a short walk away at Monk Bar (YO31 7QR), Union Terrace (YO31 7ES) and Bootham Row (YO30 7BP) and further details about opening times and charges are available here.

Please note that random bag searches may be carried out when you enter the cathedral. Wheeled bags, and bags larger than hand luggage are not permitted in York Minster. There are a number of left luggage facilities in the city including Yorbag.

The region is served by a number of airports and the closest to York Minster are Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.

Please note that random bag searches may be carried out when you enter the cathedral. Wheeled bags, and bags larger than hand luggage are not permitted in York Minster. There are a number of left luggage facilities in the city including Yorbag.

York is only a one hour drive from the P&O Sea Ferries terminal at Kingston-upon-Hull, with daily sailings to Holland and Belgium. Further details are available here.

Please note that random bag searches may be carried out when you enter the cathedral. Wheeled bags, and bags larger than hand luggage are not permitted in York Minster. There are a number of left luggage facilities in the city including Yorbag.

For more details on your visit to York, including information on the best places to stay, visit or eat & drink, visit our partners and official destination group Visit York.

Accessibility

At York Minster we want to make sure we deliver a welcoming and enjoyable environment for all our visitors. The majority of the building is accessible by wheelchair and mobility scooter users alike. Please see below for full information about resources and facilities in various areas for visitors with disabilities or additional access needs, or you can download our full statement here.

 

For further information about your visit, please contact the Minster team on t: 01904 557200, e: info@yorkminster.org

Getting to the Minster

York is well served by the road network and public transport. The main railway station, which has barrier free access, is about 1 kilometre from the Minster. There are safe crossing places along the way. Bus services run to Museum Street close to the Minster and there are on-street accessible parking bays close to the Minster.

Blue Badge parking locations in the city can be found here.

Entrance to the Minster

There is a choice of ramped or stepped access with handrails from Precentor’s Court, which leads through an outer doorway and glass porch to the admission desk. The Minster is open Monday-Saturday from 9am until 4.30pm (last admission) and from 12:45pm until 3pm on Sundays. There is a charge to enter the Minster, although accompanying carers are not charged for entry. Guided tours are free to visitors afterwards (Monday to Saturday).

Minster Interior

York Minster is a very large gothic building with high ceilings, magnificent stained glass windows and mostly stone floors. Although it is a place of reverence it can also be quite busy and noisy when visitors are present or, for example, when the organ is playing. Light levels vary in different parts of the Minster, particularly where sunlight impacts on the stained glass windows or in the Undercroft, which is the lowest part of the Minster and a darker area. The main features of the Minster, except the Tower, have level, ramped or lift access to them.

The Tower

The Tower does not have wheelchair access and visitors need to climb the 275 stone steps of a spiral staircase, which does have a handrail on the left going up, to reach the top. There is an additional charge to visit the Tower. Please see the full health and safety details here.

Main Minster Floor

On entering at the West End the Minster is set out in the form of a cross, with the Nave in front and the North Transept to the left and South Transept to the right, with the East End beyond. The raised Quire occupies a central space with walkways on either side leading to the East End. The West End, Nave and North Transept and South Transept and the East End of the Minster are on one level, with paved stone floors throughout.

Organ and Quire

There is stepped and ramped access to the Quire from the Nave next to the Kings Screen. The Quire area where the organ is positioned is mainly single level. About halfway down the Quire there are three sets of shallow steps which lead up to the high altar. For this reason, only the first section of the Quire is accessible for wheelchair users.

Chapter House

There is convenient sloped access from the North Transept leading to the Chapter House.

Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt

There is stepped and lift access from the South Transept to the Undercroft, which tells the story of the Minster and has historic books and artefacts on display.  It has level or ramped access throughout.

The Treasury and Crypt contain an exhibition on Pilgrimage and the tomb of St William.  Currently they are accessed via a set of seven steps from the Undercroft; we are taking measures to improve this and platform lift access to these two areas is due to be in place by the end of summer 2019. y.

Toilet Facilities

There are male and female toilet facilities, baby changing and an accessible toilet facility located after the North Transept towards the East End of the Minster. There are ambulant toilet cubicles available in the main male and female toilet areas.

Minster Shop

There is flat-level access to the Minster shop from the South side of the Nave towards the South Transept, and stepped or ramp access from the shop through the South Transept and out the South Door into the Minster Piazza. Any visitors who require ramp access to the shop, please ask at the North West door of the Minster and a member of staff will show you the way through. There is no ramp access directly into the shop from street level.

Tactile Model of York Minster

A range of services are provided at the Minster for people who are blind or partially sighted.

A tactile model of York Minster is offered to enable visitors to get an idea and orientation of the Minster. PENfriend™ audio description and Braille text is also provided to help interpret the design.

Tactile Plan and Adaptive Information about the Minster

A tactile site plan, with PENfriend™ audio description and Braille information is provided to assist blind and visually impaired visitors to learn about and navigate the Minster. The tactile plan and PENfriend may be borrowed in advance of visiting to enable blind and partially sighted visitors to learn something of the Minster before visiting. If you would like to request the plan to be sent to you, please email reception@yorkminster.org, or call 01904 557200.

Self-Guided Route

The tactile plan enables blind and visually impaired visitors to find, and learn about, a series of interesting and informative tactile features around the Minster, on a self-guided journey.

Assistive items

There are sensory materials such as embroidery samples and stained glass examples available to help people with sensory impairments and learning disabilities learn about the Minster. These are kept securely at the main entrance and a member of staff will be able to help on request.

Hearing aid users

Audio induction loops to assist hearing aid users are provided in parts of the interior of the Minster. Minster staff and volunteers have also been trained in welcoming and communicating with deaf and hearing impaired visitors.

Assisted guided tours

We understand that some of our visitors might require extra help, or wish to take part in a guided tour and be able to plan this in advance. Our bookings team can arrange for specially trained guides to be available to meet you when you visit, but require 6 weeks’ notice to try and secure a guide (subject to availability). There is no additional charge for this service. If you would like to take advantage of this service please phone our bookings team on 01904 557275 or email bookings@yorkminster.org with details of the assistance required.

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