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Opening times

See our standard opening times or search the calendar below.

General Visiting

Mon – Sat 9am – 4.30pm
Sun 12.45pm – 3pm

Undercroft Museum

Mon – Sat 10am – 4.30pm
Sun 1pm – 3.15pm

Shop

Mon – Sat 10am – 5.30pm
Sun 12.30pm – 5.30pm

Worship

Daily 7.30am – 6pm

Check the dates of your visit

Friday 14th December

9:00 am - 12:00 pmGeneral Admission
9:30 am - 11:45 amTower Trips View Description

Tower Trips start from 9.30am and occur every 45 mins (e.g 9.30am, 10.15am, 11.45am...) throughout the day until the last at 3.30pm.

These can only be booked on the day and may not be available if the weather conditions are poor.

10:00 am - 12:00 pmUndercroft Museum View Description
Discover 2,000 years of history in our interactive chambers - find out more here
10:00 am - 12:00 pmGuided Tours View Description

Guided tours (free with admission) run every hour between 10am-3pm

10:00 am - 5:00 pmShop View Description
In-store or online at Shop.YorkMinster.org
11:00 am - 12:00 pmHidden Minster – Crypt Passages Tours View Description
Find out for information about our Hidden Minster tours here
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Admission Prices

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Minster only

Includes entry to the cathedral, Undercroft Museum and a free guided tour

Adult - £11 (£10 in advance online)

Seniors and students - £9

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

Up to four children with one paying adult.

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Minster and tower

Includes entry to the cathedral, Undercroft Museum, a free guided tour and access to climb the Central Tower

Adult - £16 (£15 when holding an advance online general admission ticket)

Seniors and students - £14

Child (under-16) - £5

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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

Free guided tour

Join our expert guides and explore the Minster’s history

Free Undercroft Museum entry

Discover 2,000 years of history beneath the cathedral

Children go free

Up to four children go free with one paying adult

York residents free

With proof of address including a YorkCard, driving licence or utility bill

Groups of 10 or more

See our exclusive options and rates for groups. Learn more.

Tours and trips

Join a tower trip or let our expert guides show you the Minster’s rich history.

Free guided tours run regularly during the day

Join our guides for a tour of the cathedral filled with stories and facts from our 800-year history. Tours run Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm.

In addition, each weekday at 1.30pm we run free, specialist tours exploring the cathedral’s treasure trove of medieval stained glass. Join our guides for a 'Stories in Stained Glass' tour and discover a selection of York Minster’s amazing windows and their stories.

Climb the Central Tower

York Minster’s Central Tower is the highest point in York and offers unbeatable, panoramic views of the city. See medieval stonework and gothic grotesques as you climb the 275 steps to the top. Trips run regularly throughout the day. Health and safety restrictions apply, which can be viewed here.

Hidden Minster tours

Discover York Minster’s hidden spaces normally closed to public access and hear untold stories from the cathedral’s past. Take a journey with one of our expert tour guides to learn more about how parts of the Minster were built and the people who made it happen.

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Discover 2,000 years of history in the Undercroft Museum

From the remains of a Roman barracks, to 1,000-year-old artefacts still used in the cathedral today, visitors can explore two millennia of York’s history in state-of-the-art chambers beneath the cathedral.

Learn more

Getting here

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH

  • By train
  • By bus
  • By car
  • By plane
  • By boat
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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. Please see below for information about resources and facilities 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 to the Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt from the South Transept. There is ramped access in the Undercroft, which tells the story of the Minster and has historic books and artefacts on display.

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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