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York Minster
York Minster

York Minster

Deangate, York, YO1 7HH

The Basics

Explore independently or join a free tour that covers the 800-year history of the cathedral and its stained glass art. General admission tickets include entry to the cathedral, the Undercroft Museum, and a tour. Alternatively, opt for a Minster and Tower combo pass, which allows you to climb the central tower for unrivalled city views; tower trips depart every 45 minutes throughout the day and can only be booked on the day.

Behind-the-scenes tours that offer access to off-limits areas such as the Chapter House and Mason’s Loft are also available for an additional fee. For a wider introduction to York’s history, visit the cathedral as part of a ghost or sightseeing tour—itineraries typically cover other major York and Yorkshire sights such as Clifford’s Tower, the Shambles, and Rievaulx Abbey. Plus, some York passes include free entry to the cathedral.

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The Bloody Tour of York - Tourism Award Winner 2020
The Bloody Tour of York - Tourism Award Winner 2020
$16.82 per adult
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Brilliant from start to...
Brilliant from start to finish,great story teller. The atmosphere was great and mad Alice is a great character.
Gez_H, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in York

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The volume on the guides...
Jill_J, Oct 2021
York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide
The volume on the guides microphone could have been a bit higher. We sat upstairs at the back and occasionally I couldn’t hear what was being said. Otherwise, a funny knowledgable guide and an interesting tour. It only took an hour so the price could be a bit lower.
star-4
Fun, informative
Joanna_M, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Robin graves our host was very entertaining. Learnt some really interesting true stuff about York & it’s history , some very sad 😞 also some fun spooky stories 👻
star-5
Most memorable and fun Ghost tour I have been on.
Sarah_J, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
There was a few moments of paranormal interference but the amazing tour guide handled it well. She was so amazing and told us all so many stories and facts about the history of Ghosts and gorey facts about York, I loved every second.
star-5
Funny and Interesting
Kate_M, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Really enjoyable evening. The stories were good, the host was funny and gave a good insight to the old York. Minimal walking on the tour (one stop and a 5 minute walk maximum). Tour lasted about an hour and a half. Would recommend as an alternative tour of York.
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Conductor was brilliant...
Alison_H, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Conductor was brilliant but sorry Edinburgh was even better. Would definitely recommend or even do it again x
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A laugh a minute
Janice_P, Aug 2021
York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide
We visited York having never been before. We took the tour , getting in the tour bus, literally as we arrived! The tour guide made it interesting and very funny. We decided to do one full tour to get an idea of where things were. With the hop on hop off we were able to visit the places as we wanted to getting back on the bus Well worth the money for us
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We’ll worth the time and money to
Jennifer_H, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
The conductor Paul Berer was so entertaining and informative ! Really enjoyed the tour . Brill evenings entertainment
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A view from the backseat
Shaun_S, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
It was a well paced tour, keeping interest throughout. A good mix of horror story and humour, great entertainment.
star-5
Great tour with Emily
Fabienne_H, Dec 2020
York Walking Tour including York Minster
Amazing tour with Emily. The tour was very interesting and informative. Emily was a wonderful guide, extremely friendly, kind and knowledgeable. I learned a lot about York. I was lucky enough to be the only person on the tour, so it was very personalised. I would highly recommend this tour!
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Good fun
Gail_H, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Excellent host, played his role very well lots of information about York and its history. Would recommend.
star-5
A must - just get on the bus!
hmd1, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
The whole experience was fantastic - the tour guide was hilarious and kept in character the entire trip! Great stories and would highly recommend 👻
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Informative Tour
John B, Sep 2019
York Walking Tour including York Minster
Our tour guide, Caroline, was very knowledgeable regarding the history of York and the best places to visit on this short walking tour. She also gave us great recommendations for places to visit on our own after the tour and good places to eat.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • York Minster is celebrated for the grandeur of its Gothic architecture, making it a must for history buffs, art lovers, and architecture fans.

  • The climb up the central tower is via a narrow, spiral, and uneven staircase; its only suitable for fit, healthy travelers from age 8 and upward.

  • The climb is not suitable for travelers with a fear of heights or claustrophobia.

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How to Get There

York Minster is set within the medieval walls of York’s historic town center, and is easily reached on foot from other popular attractions such as Barley Hall or the Shambles. Walking from York train station takes less than 15 minutes.

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When to Get There

York Minster is busiest on weekends and most peaceful on midweek mornings. Tours run hourly between 10am-3pm Monday-Saturday, while the stained-glass tour runs at 1.30pm on weekdays; both are included with general admission.

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Attend a Service at York Minster

If you want to spend time in prayer or contemplation, and experience the cathedral as a worshiper, you can attend a service here. Services are held daily, and evensong—normally performed by the York Minster Choir and occasionally by visiting choirs— is especially atmospheric. Service times are listed in advance on the cathedral website.

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