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Discover York Minster

Check out all the reasons to visit York Minster - from the medieval Chapter House to the Tower Challenge, there is plenty to see and do. Not only will you be supporting the maintenance of a beautiful cathedral, visiting the Minster will be an enriching experience like no other.

Discover the building's 800 year history and admire the stunning artistry and architecture. One ticket will last you the whole year, offering you many opportunities to explore. Find a list of ideas below!

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In this Itinerary

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Commemorating the 1984 Fire

A story of hope, this year marks 40 years since the fire at York Minster, a tragic event that cost millions of pounds in damage. The fire makes us feel even more lucky to still be able to visit this maginificant cathedral today.

Join us in celebrating the people who saved York Minster through a stunning sound and light display and fire anniversary guided tours. A special service of commemoration will also take place on 9th July, complete with beautiful music from the Choir of York Minster.

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The Nave

The widest Gothic Nave in England, this beautiful interior is a place of stillness and inspiration. Take in the stunning medieval features and find something new each time you visit.

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The Chapter House

The Chapter House is a stunning octagonal space, complete with a magnificent ceiling and carvings. The room was once used for the location of Parliament for Kind Edward I and dates back to the 1280s.

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Crypt

Visit the tomb of the Patron Saint of York, St William, in the Crypt deep underneath the Quire. The oldest section of the Minster, take the opportunity to discover the famous Doomstone in this ancient space.

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The Great East Window

Part of a huge restoration project, this 600 year old window is now fully restored. Telling the story of the beginning and end of all things, it is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the country.

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Quire

The Quire is where most sung services are held in the Minster, built between 1361 and the 1420s. The space includes The Grand Organ and the throne for the Archbishop of York.

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The Rose Window

The famous Rose Window was badly damaged in the 1984 fire but has been restored to its original beauty. One of the most stunning parts of the Minster, this beautiful feature is a must-see.

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Undercroft Museum

Walk through 2,000 years of history and discover artefacts and interactive digital displays that will leave you educated and inspired. Find the museum in the chambers beneath the Minster, the only accredited museum in a cathedral in the country.

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Tower Challenge

Did you know you can explore further and climb to the top of the Minster? Take on the challenge up the 275 steps, leading you up to the highest point in the city, with spectacular views of York waiting for you at the top. We reward those who take on the challenge with a Tower Champion pin badge. Tower Trips can be booked on the day of your visit inside the Minster.

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Take A Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour from one of the Minster experts to reach the full potential of your trip. Each tour is packed with stories and facts, a fantastic opportunity to learn all about the craftmanship and history.

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Hidden Minster Tours

Visit spaces not accessible to the public, and ask any questions you may have about the magnificent cathedral. Take the rare opportunity to visit the Crypts of the Early Minster, or go above the rooftops to discover the old Mason's Loft.

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