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York Minster
York Minster

York Minster

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3,020 Reviews
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

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The Bloody Tour of York - Tourism Award Winner 2020
$16.94 per adult
Great tour
Great stories of the city and well planned route, great host taking us around. She remembers all the groups name!
Hayley_P, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in York

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Fantastic, would 100% recommend
Michael_W, Jun 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Absolutely brilliant experience, tour guide and driver were great very funny and also insightful. I would definitely recommend this to anyone considering a ghost tour of York
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Excellent
Tracey_W, Jun 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Excellent tour lots of laughs, the guys were great, lots of great information and history done in a fun way, would definitely recommend it.
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Very friendly tour guide
Kaye_J, Jun 2021
York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide- 24 Hours Ticket
Our tour guide Rich was fantastic, Happy and very detailed about his knowledge of York, would highly recommend this tour
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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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Great
Thea_R, Dec 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of York
This trip was super fun and interesting! The hosts were great and I learnt a lot of interesting facts.
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Brilliant for the whole family!
Lindsey_T, Nov 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of York
It was a brilliant tour! The guys went out of their way to make it thoroughly enjoyable for the whole family. Lots of family friendly scares... 👍🏻 Interesting content tour of York too for the adults. Only reason for the 4 stars rather than 5 is when you do the little mini walk into the shambles it was really hard to hear the main guy speaking! Maybe a walking mic would be worth the investment!! But other than that,, FAB experience 👍🏻 Very well done through covid too....
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Halloween fun
David_A, Nov 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Great family experience and very interesting. The guide was very good and kept everyone interested and involved and made it fun for us all!
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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.
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Fun trip
Zofo, Nov 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Really fun trip, well worth the money for 90 mins of entertainment. We loved it and will be recommending it to all our friends.
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A complete halloween majestical feast for the senses!
John_N, Oct 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Absolutely loved it - a complete cheesefest but so enjoyable. Jackkie T Ripper was sensation, devilish and mischevious and kept us all entertained. Bob the bus driver was erratic and slightly deranged. What more could we ask. Even the teens were entertained which is a feat in itself.
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Ghost Bus
Lee, Oct 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Jackie the Ripper and driver Bob were so entertaining. We loved it and kids were loving it. Good value and some great stories.
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Brilliant ghost tour
Lindsey, Oct 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Brilliant experience! The bus is fabulous! The host Jackie T Ripper was amazing! Funny and enthralling. Driver Bob was funny and a bit scary ha ha

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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