One of the world’s most impressive religious buildings, York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and is home to the Archbishop of York. Destroyed by fire four times and razed to the ground by invaders, York Minster has had a tumultous history since its first stone was laid in 1215. Architecturally, you’ll find plenty of interest: the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass window in the world, sculpted human heads and monsters typical of the Gothic period and some fine examples of features from the Perpendicular period too. York is much more than its amazing architecture, however: it hosts art exhibitions and plays as well as Christian services. In Summer 2016, ‘Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft’ was unveiled - an interactive museum under the cathedral where you can find out more about the 2,000-year history of the building.
You can visit the cathedral between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and between 12.45pm and 5pm on Sundays. The Minster’s brand new museum, ‘Revealing York Minster’ in the Undercroft area is open from 10am until 5pm on weekdays and from 1pm until 5pm on Sundays. Admission to the Minster is £10 per adult (free for children) and, if you’d like to climb the Tower to experience the views of York City, a combined ticket for the Tower and the Minster is £15 per adult and £5 per child over 8 years of age. The Cathedral is a ten-minute walk from York train station and, for travellers from further afield, the nearest airports are Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.
If you’re planning to climb the Tower and the weather is looking dubious, it’s best to contact the Minster beforehand as, for safety reasons, the Tower is often closed when it’s raining.
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There are plenty of sights and activities to explore around York and North Yorkshire: discover The World of James Herriot - the site where famous vet and creator of ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ lived and worked; immerse yourself in the world of trains at the National Railway Museum or get lost and found again in York Maze!
To discover more about York’s famous cathedral, please visit the official website, where you’ll be able to find out more about York’s history, including the fires at the cathedral, facts about the minster and the newly-opened museum.
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