Deangate, YORK, YO1 7HH
Dating from 1220-1472, York Minster is dedicated to St Peter, and its twin western towers and dominant central square tower can be seen for miles around. It's built out of magnesian limestone which gleams white in sunlight. Come here for evensong when the choir is in residence if you can, or perhaps to an organ recital, to sit and enjoy the building's interior at its glorious best. The stone choir screen is carved with images of English monarchs from William I to Henry VI, while around the nave and choir are painted stone shields dating from the time when Edward II held a parliament in York. Look up to admire the vaulted roof, with its huge carved wooden bosses picked out in gilt and rich colour. The Minster's medieval stained glass represents a quarter of all the stained glass of this period to be found in England. Look out for the Five Sisters within a quintet of lancet windows, and for the depictions of Genesis and Revelation in the superb east window of c.1250 - the world's largest area of medieval stained glass within a single window. The stone tracery of the west window incorporates a distinctive heart shape. A modern display point called The Orb helps you to get up close to some of the images in the glass. There are separate admission charges for certain parts of the Minster, including the undercroft with its interactive displays. The foundations reveal an absorbing cross-section of history, from the remains of a Roman fort to the drastic building works carried out in the 1960s to support the collapsing central tower, whose foundations turned out to be completely inadequate. The long climb up the central tower today is rewarded by a panoramic view over the city. If you're visiting with young children, borrow one of the Explorer Backpacks, which are equipped with all sorts of fun things to help youngsters engage with this fabulous building.
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Minster & Undercroft £10 (ch free, students & seniors £9). Minster, Undercroft & Tower £15 (ch £5, students & seniors £14)
Open all year, from 7am for services. Visitors Mon-Sat 9-5.30, Sun 12.45-5.30. (5 in winter) Phone for details
Average visit 2.5hrs
Dogs not allowed inside the Minster
Assist dogs allowed all areas.
No disabled access to Tower
Tactile model, Braille & large print guide, lift access to Undercroft
Easy access via A19, A1 or A64