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Stoneyard Open Day

Go behind the scenes at York Minster's Stoneyard

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Go behind the scenes at York Minster’s Stoneyard and see the ancient craft skills used to preserve the 800-year-old cathedral at the annual open day.

Visitors will be able to see the cathedral’s craftsmen and women at work in their workshops and learn about how they repair, restore and protect the cathedral’s historic fabric using techniques passed down through the centuries.

Join Master Mason John David for a tour of the plaster cast museum and drawing office. Tours run every hour from 10am-2pm and no pre-booking is required – spaces will be given on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Or take a trip up the South Quire Aisle scaffolding to see the stone conservation work taking place on this part of the cathedral. The tours will run every 45 minutes from 9.30am to 2pm. Pre bookable tickets for the tours at 9.30am, 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am and 12.30pm have now sold out. Tickets for the 1.15pm and 2pm tours will be available to book on the day on a first come, first served basis. The tours are for people aged 18+ only, and health and safety restrictions apply – see details here.

The event and all tours are free of charge.

The open day is part of a range of family-friendly events taking place at the Minster this summer including free games and activities in Dean’s Park, craft activities in the medieval Chapter House and open-air cinema with Luna Cinema.

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