York Minster

york minster


Standing proudly in the heart of the city of York, this magnificent cathedral was built for the glory of God and is a testament to human craftsmanship and spirituality. Every aspect of this ancient building – from the exquisite, handcrafted stone through to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass – tells the story of Jesus Christ. You are invited to discover this sacred place and the love of God at its heart, which has attracted people from across the globe for more than 1000 years.

York Minster’s roots trace back over 1,400 years, with a history that intertwines with the story of England itself. From the Roman era to the Viking occupation and through the Norman Conquest, the cathedral has stood as a silent witness to the passing of time, preserving our history in its intricate design and architecture.

As you step into the cathedral’s vast interior, the soaring ceilings and impressive stained glass windows will stop you in your tracks. Marvel at the intricacy of the stone carvings, depicting biblical scenes, saints, and mythical creatures, showcasing the unrivalled craftsmanship of medieval artisans and the expert knowledge of the talented craftspeople who care for the building today.

Stand at the foot of the Great East Window, the single largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the country and one of York Minster’s most remarkable features. This breath-taking masterpiece narrates the history of the world, from the Creation to the Apocalypse, in a dazzling array of colours and details. The 600-year old window was revealed in 2018 following a decade-long multi-million pound restoration project.

If you’re up for a challenge, climbing the Central Tower is an absolute must. After ascending the winding staircase, you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of York and its picturesque surroundings, a unique perspective on this historic city.

Since the 7th century, York Minster has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England and today remains a thriving church rooted in the daily offering of worship and prayer. The cathedral has absorbed the prayers of thousands of people across the centuries; many people visit to simply soak up the atmosphere and spend time in contemplation away from the pressures and noise of the day, finding a moment of peace amid the bustling city.

Throughout the year, York Minster hosts a variety of events, concerts, and exhibitions that showcase the richness of the region’s cultural heritage.

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York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
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