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York Minster
York Minster

York Minster

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3,287 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
The Bloody Tour of York - Tourism Award Winner 2020
$16.97 per adult
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Brilliant Mad Alice
Mad Alice was brilliant! Kept us all captivated. Lots of humour and a great memory not only for the facts but also our names! Would highly recommend this walk
Lynne_H, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in York

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Excellent Ghost Bus tour of York
Martin_J, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Excellent! Really fun, guide was entertaining, the AV setup seamlessly integrated into the experience. Would recommend to anyone other than those with small children.
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Great family fun!
Claire_B, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Really good family fun and very informative! The conductor was very funny, loved the spooky music on the bus!
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Great fun!
Natalie_M, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Great trip! Lots of interesting and fun facts learnt. The tour guide was very entertaining. A fun thing to do!
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Very friendly tour guide
Kaye_J, Jun 2021
York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide
Our tour guide Rich was fantastic, Happy and very detailed about his knowledge of York, would highly recommend this tour
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Love Love Love It!
Maria_D, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Absolutely fabulous tour, informative but hysterically funny! Thanks to Paul Bearer for his wonderful stories and special effects! Definitely the best ghost tour in York!
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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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Brilliant … what more can I say
GAYNOR_S, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Turning up to the bus we didn’t know what we had let ourselves in for but the experience was absolutely brilliant our guide Paul barer 🤣 was just the best guide we have ever had please go and have some excellent entertainment I promise you wont regret it
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Entertaining 👻😆
Joanne_H, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
This was a last minute booking and we wasn't disappointed, very funny and very entertaining 😄 loved the vintage bus and Bob the driver, but the best part was the conductor loved the history of murders and deaths 👻👌
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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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Really good
Chris_W, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Paul was very good and very amusing but very knowledgeable. Yorkshire history is very interesting.we liked it
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Good fun had by all
TigerSqueeze, Jul 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Double decker bus fun. Very good bus conductor who narrated our way around the city. He was the lynch pin that kept it all together. We had to get off at one point which we weren’t aware of but that was fine. Learnt some interesting facts and revisited the Shambles the next day to see it again. Recommend.
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Absolutely worth it, very entertaining
Helen_T, Jun 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
This was better than expected. It’s was funny and informative. Loved the conductor and his acting skills are on point :) this would be a great activity for any age. Just remember if you book there is a small amount of walking involved.

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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