The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, North Yorkshire, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the third-highest office of the Church of England (after the monarch as Supreme Governor and the Archbishop of Canterbury), and is the mother church for the Diocese of York and the Province of York. It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of York. The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title; the word Metropolitical in the formal name refers to the Archbishop of York's role as the Metropolitan bishop of the Province of York. Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum.
The minster was completed in 1472 after several centuries of building. It is devoted to Saint Peter, and has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic quire and east end and Early English North and South transepts. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters window, each lancet being over 53 feet (16.3 m) high. The south transept contains a rose window, while the West Window contains a heart-shaped design colloquially known as The Heart of Yorkshire.
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Peter Gibson | Mar 23, 2018
Excellent historical cathedral. Certainly one of the best the country has to offer. Some restoration work being done on some of the stonework and windows but more interesting because of it. Cannot recommend highly enough the climb up to the roof of one of the towers. Just amazing views of york when you get there.
Allister Morgan | Feb 14, 2018
I feel that I am doing York Minster an injustice in that I don't think anyone can adequately describe just how magnificent and beautiful this architectural gem is. This is an absolute must visit if you are visiting York. I am not religious but you can't help but be moved in some spiritual way when you look around. The exterior is a pictionary of architectural delights and the interior will take your breath away in both scale and craftsmanship. Historically, the timeline of York Minster is amazing and will lead you off on many interesting roads. Vikings, Romans, great fires and mice (this last one I'll leave you to discover but I'll tell you now it isn't a rodent problem)!
Marco Robinson-Metcalfe | Dec 6, 2017
An absolutely mind blowing building with tons of history and amazing stained glass windows. The building itself is striking and leaves you a little lost for words when you first walk in, but the true gem is the chapter house. If possible, Id recommend you visit the chapter house because the amount of intricate details in that room are phenomenal. The organ is beautiful, and the museum and crypt below are extremely interesting, telling you some history on the Minster and its Restoration, along with the past before the Minster. I liked the fact that it showed you through Computer generated imagery just how large the Roman fort would have been, and really gives you an amazing scale. Myself and my friend even did the steps, but if you do this I really do not recommend going first, and taking it easy- as we may have under-anticipated the amount of steps. However, the view at the top is definitely worth it, especially on a nice day. All in all a beautiful building with beautiful history and beautiful staff. Five stars.
Cheryl Bonaccorsi | Feb 24, 2018
A must-do when in York as the building is truly stunning inside, both in terms of the proportions and the design. The building obviously costs a lot to maintain it so the fairly steep entry fee is understandable. We joined one of the (free) guided tours which really added context to the visit and I would recommend. However, you can also get in for free if you are going to a service and they are on most days.
Lee Family | Jan 27, 2018
Not a religious person in anyway but appreciate the historical importance of this site in the history of Britain and what a fantastic piece of architecture it is. I fully understand that a building of this age, importance and complexity has a (huge) cost in maintenance but can't say I agree with a Church of England site charging an entry fee. It doesn't sit well with what I thought or believed Christianity was about, but then I'm not a Christian so I'm probably being hypocritical. I'm happy to donate an amount of money when visiting. Still, you can't help being in awe of such a magnificent structure.
Valerie Hinchliffe | Apr 22, 2018
Huge, awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, with a wealth of intricate medieval stonework inside and out, and beautiful stained glass windows. I paid £9 for a senior admission, the ticket is reusable for twelve months after the purchase date. There are free guided tours lasting an hour, but I explored on my own. It can get very busy with sightseers, but there are chapels for quiet contemplation. Highlights for me included the recently restored Great East Window, dating from 1405, the statues of medieval kings on the quire screen, and the amusing little stone heads in the Chapter House. A group of young people were doing choral practice in there, great acoustics, and the singing was beautiful. In the undercroft you can see Roman foundations, carved pillars from the old Norman cathedral and the shrine of York's patron saint. I felt a real sense of two thousand years of history and faith.The gift shop has everything from tapestries to magnetic bracelets, and some nice art prints and books.
Anna Burns | Apr 13, 2018
Beautiful space. Mesmerizing outside and in! Not only did we go in and do the tour (plus all the stairs up to the top!!) but we also sat outside in the grass near the entrance and that was also lovely. Getting up to the top is an adventure but the views from up there are breathtaking! We didn't do the wheel they have there in York but we didn't feel cheated as the view from atop the York Minster seemed just as fulfilling! It has so many areas for you to explore and look around. While we were there they were in the process of restoring their stained glass window so that was covered, but they also had this exhibit where they displayed some of the panels of the windows up close so you could go right up in front of them to take a look at them. An amazing experience! York is an amazing city with a great head for making each experience an education but also a fun one. Highly recommend all of York starting with the captivating Minster!
Kieran Jones | Apr 22, 2018
York Minster is an awe inspiring building full of history and beauty. In particular I recommend braving the steps and climbing the tower for some of the best views in Yorkshire. If you’re around at Christmas then midnight mass at the Minster is the best I’ve ever been too and never fails to put me in the mood for Christmas. This is a must see destination for anyone visiting York.
Roger Watson | Apr 20, 2018
This is a fantastic medieval cathedral, make sure you buy ticket including tower trip as views are amazing. For info it costs £15 each incl tower (£10 without) and ticket allows you unlimited visits for 12 months (only one tower trip though on day of purchase). Parts of building including some of the stained glass windows over 1000 years old.
Steve Rudland | May 31, 2018
Updated May 2018: Dropped to 4 stars as when we visited recently the activity back pack was missing many items; such as the binoculars, torch and magnifying glass. Even though the assistant, who was very helpful, had checked the back pack to make sure it contained everything. Original review: Very impressive cathedral. My five year old son really enjoyed the activity back pack they loan out, which contained: binoculars, a torch, a magnifying glass, and loads more. It definitely made the visit more interesting for him.
Adam Payne | May 30, 2018
An awe-inspiring church that dominates it's surroundings in a way i've never seen before. Yes it's quite expensive to get in here but the ticket allow unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of purchase. The admission price goes towards the upkeep of this magnificent church so it's worth it. Inside is even more magnificent than the outside if that were possible. The stain glass windows are remarkably well restored and looked after and the date back centuries. There are so many things to see here, the main building with it's amazing stonework, the chapter house with it's carved stone heads, the tower and it's views. A tour is available on which you can learn about the history of the abbey and find all those things you missed when looking around yourself. The gardens around the Minister are great to sit in as well. I can not recommend York Minister highly enough!
RLSD | May 27, 2018
A grandeur that's just awe-inspiring! Fascinating history from the time of Anglo-Saxon, Roman Catholicism to reformation of church. This cathedral stands against time! Like our guide put it - This structure was built to dominate! An enthralling piece of history for each stained glass window. Absolutely amazing!
Matt K | Jul 12, 2018
This is a great architectural gem in the city and is visible on the city skyline from most of the city, It is well worth a visit and is a great place to explore. The staff are friendly and helpful and it is well worth the entry fee. The Northern Lights Projection show was an amazing experience and worked seamlessly with the architecture creating a wonderful evening. If this sort of event ever happens again be sure to see it as the building comes to life with a whole new dimension.
Chidi Ejimofo | Jul 5, 2018
Beautiful cathedral with a real sense of history. Amazing acoustics (did a choral gig here!). Staff are friendly and attentive, well worth visiting if you come to York.
Diego P. Ramallo | Jun 23, 2018
One of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals I've ever visited. Filled with light, very high and with some impressive and unique features like a gallery of kings of England up to Henry VI (some looking not at all amused). Loved the choir, the East window, and the way they explain the history of the building from the Roman foundations.
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