Recent Searches
Clear
icon_solid_phone
Questions? (888) 651-9785(888) 651-9785

To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. The WHO is closely monitoring the coronavirus and more information can be found here.

York Minster Tours

star-5
15 Reviews
York Minster
This cavernous medieval cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. Focal points include the 16th-century stained glass Rose Window, which was painstakingly pieced back together following a fire in 1984, and the soaring central tower, the top of which offers panoramic views of York. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 
Address: Deangate, York YO1 7HH, England
Admission: Varies
Read More

26 Tours and Activities to Experience York Minster

Category
Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Did you know?You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
Learn more
Did you know?
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.Learn more
Sort by:Featured
York Walking Tour including York MinsterFull-day Tours

York Walking Tour including York Minster

star-5
Delve into England’s colorful history and admire architecture dating back to the Middle Ages on this morning or afternoon York walking tour. Follow a guide through the streets of York and discover landmarks including Bedern Hall, Clifford’s Tower, Fairfax House, King’s Manor, the Multangular Tower, St. Mary’s Abbey, Stonegate, and St. William’s College. Hear how Emperor Constantine, Guy Fawkes, and Richard III shaped modern York, and learn of the English Reformation as you explore York Minster.
...  More
  • 2 hours
From  
$24.62 
From  
$24.62 
Learn More
  • 2 hours

Ghost Bus Tour of YorkBus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour of York

star-4.5
Delve into the dark recesses of York’s history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit notorious local haunts of restless spirits, and pass eerie sites such as York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and the grave of Dick Turpin, infamous highwayman and murderer. Throughout the tour, hear anecdotes and fascinating facts about York’s grisly past, and make key stops for a closer look at the city’s most haunted buildings. 
...  More
  • 1 hour
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$22.32 
From  
$22.32 
Learn More
  • 1 hour
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Best of York on Foot - Socially Distanced Small Group Walking Tour Cultural Tours

Best of York on Foot - Socially Distanced Small Group Walking Tour

star-5
Don’t worry about getting lost in the winding streets of medieval York during this introductory tour of the city, ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time in the region. See several York highlights—including St Mary’s Abbey, York Minster, and The Shambles—without worrying about directions, while benefiting from the insight of your guide throughout.
...  More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$22.32 
From  
$22.32 
Learn More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Reserve Now & Pay Later
Secure your must-do activities without being locked in
Shadows of York Ghost Walk: Voted Best Small Attraction in York Luxury Tours

Shadows of York Ghost Walk: Voted Best Small Attraction in York

star-5
See a spookier side to York without the worry of getting lost during this guided ghost walk around the streets and snickelways (alleys) of the medieval city. Listen to your guide tell tales of York’s tragic past that you wouldn’t otherwise hear, ask questions along the way to learn more, and enjoy an atypical introduction to the city.
...  More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$8.68 
From  
$8.68 
Learn More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Private Ghost Tour of YorkPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Ghost Tour of York

star-5
Designed for travelers with a historical interest in the supernatural, this private 2-hour ghost tour of York — one of the most haunted cities in the world — allows you to customize your itinerary to suit you. Choose to visit sites with countless reports of ghost sightings, including York Minster, The Shambles, and The York Dungeon, and listen to frightening tales rooted in York’s 2,000-year-old history. The start time and location of your tour is up to you.
...  More
  • 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$68.19 
Price varies by group size
From  
$68.19 
Price varies by group size
Learn More
  • 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

North York Moors and Whitby Day Tour from YorkDay Trips

North York Moors and Whitby Day Tour from York

star-4.5
Escape the city for the wild landscapes of the Yorkshire moors on this full-day tour from York. Set out on a scenic drive through the North York Moors National Park; visit sites from the 'Harry Potter' movies in Goathland like the location used for Hogsmeade station in the first film. Enjoy free time to explore the seaside town of Whitby, where you can learn the legacy of Dracula and try the town’s famous fish and chips (own expense), before visiting the market town of Helmsley.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$59.51 
From  
$59.51 
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

The Bloody Tour of York - Winner:Guided Tour of the Year 2019Historical & Heritage Tours

The Bloody Tour of York - Winner:Guided Tour of the Year 2019

star-5
Skip the standard group tours and enjoy an alternative history of York during this award-winning, immersive guided tour of the city. Pass by top attractions—such as the Shambles and Jorvik Viking Centre—as you listen to your guide tell tales of witches, queens, and murderers that you wouldn’t hear on most other tours.
...  More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
From  
$10.18 
From  
$10.18 
Learn More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes

York Carriage Awaits - Socially Distanced Tours of YorkLuxury Tours

York Carriage Awaits - Socially Distanced Tours of York

star-4.5
See York in a different way—via an environmentally-friendly pedicab. With a local guide, explore the highlights of the city including Minster Yard, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, Bootham Bar, and more. Choose from two lengths of tours, depending on how much time you have and how much you’d like to see.
...  More
  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$63.59 
per group
From  
$63.59 
per group
Learn More
  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour from YorkDay Trips

Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour from York

star-4.5
Without a hire car, it’s impossible to round up the sights of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a day from York. This small-group tour delivers: with a minivan drive through Swaledale and Wensleydale, stone-walled hills, winding passes, and villages. See Jervaulx Abbey, waterfalls, and market towns, break for lunch (own expense), and get a full rundown on the area from a guide—something you’d miss if going alone.
...  More
  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$59.51 
From  
$59.51 
Learn More
  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Robin Hood Bay, Whitby and the North York Moors Day Trip from YorkDay Trips

Robin Hood Bay, Whitby and the North York Moors Day Trip from York

star-5
Explore the North York Moors National Park on a full-day trip from York, without having to organize trains, buses, or a hire car. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with a driver-guide, absorb the scenery, historical towns, and villages; and visit Pickering, Whitby, the smugglers’ village of Robin Hood's Bay, and more, to explore independently. Along the way, hear tales of the ancient landscapes—background you may miss if exploring alone.
...  More
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$59.51 
From  
$59.51 
Learn More
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trip to Bronte’s Parsonage from YorkDay Trips

Day Trip to Bronte’s Parsonage from York

star-5
Delve into Yorkshire’s industrial and literary history with this day-long tour from York. You’ll step into a world that existed at the time of the Bronte sisters on a visit to Bolton Abbey and the village of Haworth where the sisters penned their novels. Visit the Salts Mill of UNESCO-listed Saltaire and a model village, which is believed to be the world’s first, then discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Door-to-door minibus transport and onboard commentary from a guide complete the experience.
...  More
  • 8 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$59.51 
From  
$59.51 
Learn More
  • 8 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Lake District Highlights Day Trip from York with Lake CruiseDay Trips

Lake District Highlights Day Trip from York with Lake Cruise

star-5
Journey to the heart of the Lake District on this full-day tour from York and uncover the charms of England’s oldest national park. Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter as you visit her home at Hill Top, see William Wordsworth’s former school in Hawkshead and cruise across Windermere, England’s largest lake. Along the way, admire beauty spots like Tarn Hows and explore traditional villages like Skipton and Bowness-on-Windermere.
...  More
  • 12 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$82.65 
From  
$82.65 
Learn More
  • 12 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMapPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

star-4
Explore an extraordinary 2,000 years of history on this walk through the City of York. You'll experience Roman, Viking and medieval York, see all the sights of the City, including some of the great buildings of the world - and some less expected ones. As you walk you'll learn the history of this great City, and the central role it played in the history of England. From its humble beginnings as a riverside Roman settlement, to its turbulent takeover by the Vikings, and on to its thriving medieval period. You’ll hear about kings and queens, and the lives of ordinary people and hear stories of invasions, executions, personal sacrifice, floods and even ghosts. So, if you’re visiting York, uncover some of the great figures and lesser known characters that have shaped this beautiful city by the River Ouse. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
...  More
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
From  
$5.20 
From  
$5.20 
Learn More
  • 1 hour 15 minutes

Exclusive York - Private Socially Distanced Walking TourLuxury Tours

Exclusive York - Private Socially Distanced Walking Tour

star-5
Why follow the crowds? Explore York at your own pace in the company of one of our expert, fully qualified and licensed guides. Delve deep into the medieval maze and discover secret corners few other visitors get to see. This is an entirely personal service - once you have made your booking we will get in touch to arrange where to come and meet you (such as any city centre landmark or hotel). We will ensure you don't miss any of the highlights - including the world-famous Minster, medieval city walls and Shambles - but if you have any particular areas of interest, please get in touch. It's your tour and we want you to see York your way! PLEASE NOTE - OUR VISITORS' SAFETY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE AND WE PLEDGE TO FOLLOW ALL CURRENT GUIDELINES ON SOCIAL DISTANCING AND DISEASE PREVENTION.
...  More
  • 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$111.58 
per group
From  
$111.58 
per group
Learn More
  • 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Private Walking Tour: York City Highlights and York MinsterHalf-day Tours

Private Walking Tour: York City Highlights and York Minster

star-5
With rich Roman and Viking history, and beautiful architecture, York is widely considered among England’s must-see cities—but exploring independently means you may miss its hidden secrets. On this tour, follow your private guide through historic York and find out what makes the city special. Explore top attractions like Clifford's Tower, the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Roman walls, and St Mary’s Abbey, and enjoy sweeping views along the River Ouse.
...  More
  • 4 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$226.46 
Price varies by group size
From  
$226.46 
Price varies by group size
Learn More
  • 4 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

York Evening Express - Socially Distanced Early Evening Walking Tour Cultural Tours

York Evening Express - Socially Distanced Early Evening Walking Tour

star-5
York is at its most magical around sundown. The tourist crowds have departed, the streets are empty. Enjoy a one-hour evening stroll which includes all the major sights of York - including the Minster, walls and world-famous Shambles - but will also take you deep into the medieval labyrinth of secret passages and short-cuts known as 'Snickelways'. There are plenty of ghost tour options in York - but why listen to stories when the truth is far more surprising? The early evening start time is perfect for working up an appetite. Informal, entertaining and 100% phantom-free. PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR VISITORS' SAFETY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE - WE PLEDGE TO FOLLOW ALL CURRENT GUIDELINES ON SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TO ENSURE THIS THE TOURS ARE LIMITED TO A CAPACITY OF SIX PEOPLE PER GUIDE.
...  More
  • 1 hour
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$18.60 
From  
$18.60 
Learn More
  • 1 hour
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

York & Yorkshire in a Day Small-Group TourDay Trips

York & Yorkshire in a Day Small-Group Tour

star-5
York and its surrounding countryside are home to natural attractions and ancient treasures dating back centuries, but organizing transportation to explore independently cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, follow your guide on a walking tour of York and delve into the Yorkshire countryside by air-conditioned vehicle. Discover sites of interest like Rievaulx Abbey and the North York Moors, and explore both city and countryside in a day.
...  More
  • 11 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$80.58 
From  
$80.58 
Learn More
  • 11 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Instagrammable York History ExperienceHalf-day Tours

Instagrammable York History Experience

star-5
The tour is brand new for 2019 but is already picking up amazing reviews. It is especially aimed at those who are looking to have an enjoyable, entertaining walking tour combined with a focus on capturing the magic of the beautiful city of York for your memories & social media posts. The tour lasts 3 hours and takes you off the beaten track into areas that visitors often miss. You will learn some history and experience some wonderful sights and you will make a connection with the city that will stay with you. I believe in creating intimate experiences & moments that stay with you. The maximum group size I normally work with is limited to 10 people. This ensures that everyone stays involved & engaged with the tour & you can ask as many questions as you like. It also means there is always someone to help you to create your images with tips on how to capture the perfect shot or to take shots of you against some stunning backdrops that will get plenty of reaction on social media.
...  More
  • 3 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$24.32 
From  
$24.32 
Learn More
  • 3 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Private Walking Tour: YorkLuxury Tours

Private Walking Tour: York

star-5
Join for a discovery walking tour of York, which gives you a fantastic overview of this beautiful city. Understand the history of this great walled city (and walk on the walls), from Roman history, through the Vikings all the way to chocolate.
...  More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$229.35 
per group
From  
$229.35 
per group
Learn More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Private Roman Tour of YorkPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Roman Tour of York

Explore Roman York, at your own pace with your own personal tour guide! This is a new private bespoke tour run by York Walls Tours - with over 100 5 star reviews for our other tours on Trip Advisor! Your private guide will take you on a informative and entertaining trip around York, discovering its fascinating Roman past, where for over 300 years the most dangerous province in the entire Roman Empire was governed from. Learn about the emperors who visited (and died here!), discover lost sites missed by tourists and explore the extraordinary history of this most iconic of Roman Cities, from Dark age battles to lost legions, crazed emperors to gladiator cemetaries, the private Roman tour of York has it all!
...  More
  • 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$68.19 
From  
$68.19 
Learn More
  • 2 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Guided York Cycling TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Guided York Cycling Tour

star-5
With beautiful architecture and medieval history, York is widely considered among England’s must-see cities—but pounding the sidewalks on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, hop into the saddle and spin through the city streets by bicycle, and hit top attractions like York Minster with ease. Follow safe routes inside and outside the ancient city walls, with your guide bringing York’s colorful Roman and Viking history to life.
...  More
  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$31.29 
From  
$31.29 
Learn More
  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Treasure Hunt York - 2½ hour Sight-seeing Puzzle TourSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Treasure Hunt York - 2½ hour Sight-seeing Puzzle Tour

star-5
York’s ancient centre is full of hidden treasures and you’re going to discover them! Starting at the fabulous Museum Gardens, you’ll sneak through a series of snickelways, passing churches, cathedrals and medieval Guildhalls. Even York experts will surely spot something they’ve never seen before!
...  More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$15.25 
From  
$15.25 
Learn More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

York city Street Photography tutorial walk. Art Classes

York city Street Photography tutorial walk.

  We will take a steady stroll around this fabulous city, soaking in the beauty of the architecture, the people and the unique atmosphere that you only find in the wonder that is York! You will discover ways of creating excellent photographs whilst gaining key insights in to the wider issues of street Photography from highly experienced Photographer and Lecturer. You will learn how to more confidently and creatively approach photographing people in public. Discover how to be the master your camera and utilise the light around you. Begin to understand the importance of considering the final image whilst you are shooting. By learning these important and enjoyable steps, you are guaranteed to leave feeling excited by your experience and the images you have created. Lance is an highly experienced Professional photographer and qualified teacher. He teaches privately and lectures at University. Maximum group size is 8
...  More
  • 4 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation
From  
$152.58 
From  
$152.58 
Learn More
  • 4 hours
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation

Private 2-Hour York Walking TourFull-day Tours

Private 2-Hour York Walking Tour

star-5
See York the way you want on a private, fully customizable walking tour of the history-steeped city. With your private guide, tailor your itinerary from start to finish according to your interests. Admire York Minster, the City Gates, and Clifford’s Tower; stroll around ruined St. Mary’s Abbey; or delve into the cobbled lanes to absorb the landmarks on route and learn their stories and secrets.
...  More
  • 2 hours
From  
$101.34 
From  
$101.34 
Learn More
  • 2 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience York Minster?

icon_solid_phone
Book online or call
(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785