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York Minster
York Minster

York Minster

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
$16.27 per adult
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Amazing
Mad Alice ( the guide ) was amazing and played the part exceptionally well, a fantastic tour and would definitely do the tour again i would recommend it to anyone staying in York
damien_m, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in York

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irene_e, Nov 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
the chap was really entertaining it was good fun would recommend it to any age's it was worth the money
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Brilliant
Helen_B, Nov 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Very entertaining and informative, 10/10. The guide involved all of the bus so didn’t matter if you were upstairs down, he got everyone involved.
star-4
The volume on the guides...
Jill_J, Oct 2021
York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide
The volume on the guides microphone could have been a bit higher. We sat upstairs at the back and occasionally I couldn’t hear what was being said. Otherwise, a funny knowledgable guide and an interesting tour. It only took an hour so the price could be a bit lower.
star-5
Well worth doing. Loved it
Mel_P, Nov 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
The tour was informative whilst being very entertaining. We had an excellent time and thoroughly enjoyed it
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Best tour in York
samuelatk99, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
The fantastic spooktacular host was incredible and his performance went on for 2 hours and kept genuinely brilliant for the entire time ! Well worth it, we would love to go again just for our tourguide, we love him. You’re in for a fabulous ride x
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Great fun, tour guide was...
Helen_B, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Great fun, tour guide was excellent, not as scary experience as we expected but would highly recommend
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A laugh a minute
Janice_P, Aug 2021
York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with Audio Guide
We visited York having never been before. We took the tour , getting in the tour bus, literally as we arrived! The tour guide made it interesting and very funny. We decided to do one full tour to get an idea of where things were. With the hop on hop off we were able to visit the places as we wanted to getting back on the bus Well worth the money for us
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Most memorable and fun Ghost tour I have been on.
Sarah_J, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
There was a few moments of paranormal interference but the amazing tour guide handled it well. She was so amazing and told us all so many stories and facts about the history of Ghosts and gorey facts about York, I loved every second.
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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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Fun, informative
Joanna_M, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Robin graves our host was very entertaining. Learnt some really interesting true stuff about York & it’s history , some very sad 😞 also some fun spooky stories 👻
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Funny and Interesting
Kate_M, Oct 2021
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Really enjoyable evening. The stories were good, the host was funny and gave a good insight to the old York. Minimal walking on the tour (one stop and a 5 minute walk maximum). Tour lasted about an hour and a half. Would recommend as an alternative tour of York.
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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.

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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