Explore York’s world-class cathedral with its medieval stained glass, stone masterpieces and foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. York Minster’s vast spaces come alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music, but there are also quiet corners revealing great treasures, unexpected stories and human inspiration. Take a fascinating 2000 year journey through interactive underground chambers in Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and discover the stories of some of the people whose lives have been influenced by York Minster. The underground chambers have been totally transformed with dynamic new audio-visual and interactive galleries revealing the significance behind the cathedral's most treasured artefacts. See the best views in York after climbing the 275 steps up the Central Tower leading you to the highest point in the city. Explorer Backpacks are available to younger visitors and contain everything a budding detective needs to uncover secrets and surprises. There are free discovery trails, and children can make friends with the Minster's own Monkey, Monty. All year round, there is also a magnificent programme of special events, including performances by the Minster Choir, one of the UK's leading choirs, and hands-on family fun activities.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Tactile model, Braille & large print guide, lift access to Undercroft
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Visitors Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 12.45-5. Phone for details. Tailored tours available by prior arrangement
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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