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York Minster’s dedicated Learning Team deliver a wide range of fascinating workshops and tours which meet curriculum needs and give students memories that can last a lifetime.

The cathedral offers three curriculum-linked packages for schools and colleges which can be delivered both inside the Minster and at our specialist Learning Centre, as well as the option to climb our Central Tower for unrivalled views of the city.

– OPTION 1:

Learning Centre workshop and guided tour

Duration of visit: two hours
Cost: £6 per pupil
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Spend an hour with our specialist Learning Team at our Learning Centre, located in St William’s College, next to the cathedral’s East End. Many of the workshops involve lots of hands-on activities including visiting our working replica of a masons’ loft, trying on vestments and discovering the stories behind real artefacts. The second hour is a guided tour of the Minster. Sessions are suitable for EYFS, KS1-4 and sixth form and college students.

Learning centre workshop sessions by Key Stage

For a detailed breakdown of what each Learning Centre workshop offers by Key Stage, please download the PDF.

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Option 2:

Guided tour of the Minster

Duration of visit: one hour

Cost: £4 per pupil

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3pm

Numbers: 30 pupils max per guide

An insightful tour of the Minster which can kindle a lifelong interest in this magnificent cathedral. Tours can be adapted by our Learning Team to the interests of the group. The tour does not include the Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt or the Central Tower.

Option 3:

Option 3: Pre-booked self-conducted visit of the Minster

Cost: £3 per pupil One adult goes free with ten children. £8.50 each per additional adult (excluding staff required for KS1/SEN).

A copy of our treasure hunt trail is provided for each pupil.

Option 4:

Climb the Central Tower

Cost: £5 per child and adult

Climb the 275 steps to the top of the tower for unrivalled views of York. Groups of more than ten children (aged 16 and under) must be accompanied by at least three adults. The first three adults climb the tower for free, additional adults pay the standard rate.

Groups of ten or less must be accompanied by at least two adults. Please note if anyone needs to be escorted down from the tower the whole group must come down.

Please note: children must be aged eight or above and able to meet the health and safety requirements and our risk assessment. Trips are dependent on weather conditions.

Booking

For more information contact our Bookings Team on t: 01904 557275, e: bookings@yorkminster.org or via our booking request form below.

See a full copy of our bookings terms and conditions here.

Pupils and students must be in full time education and aged 17 or under. For students aged 18 please see our Groups page.

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Planning your visit

Download our essential pre-visit information pack

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Learning Resources

You can download a range of worksheets and resources via the boxes below.

A brief history until 1472

From the origins of York to the completion of the Minster, this fact sheet outlines the key moments in the Minster's history until its completion.

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A brief history from 1472

Outlines the story of the Minster from its completion and comes right up to date with the recent restoration of the East Front.

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Invaders and settlers

Discover how the Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings influenced the development of York and the Minster.

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KS3 Medieval Minster

Designed for teachers and students investigating the Minster as a medieval cathedral. Contains information and illustrations to make your own worksheets, or to use as a guide inside the Minster.

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KS3 Place of Worship

Designed for teachers and students investigating the Minster as a Christian place of worship.

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