Planning your Visit

We advise that all school visits are booked in advance to avoid times when the Minster may be closed. Sunday morning entry before 12.30pm is for services only. The Learning Centre takes bookings to the Minster for pupils and students in full time education up to the age of 17. The office is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:45pm. For students aged 18 and over please see our Groups page.

Telephone 01904 557224 to discuss your visit.

Download our Essential Pre-Visit Information for Learning Groups

Preliminary visits

Contact the centre to arrange a time and free entry to York Minster. Please see our risk assessment and guidelines for your visit.

Behaviour & supervision

York Minster is an active place of worship and the whole building is called to silence at regular intervals throughout the day so that prayers may be offered. Please ensure your pupils respect other visitors and the purpose of the building.

Pupils must be accompanied at all times by an adult and remain the responsibility of their teachers. We request an adult to pupil ratio of 1:10.


We do not require payment in advance. We can invoice after the visit or pay on arrival by cash, credit card or cheque made payable to The Chapter of York.


Coaches are not allowed to drop off outside the Minster or St William's College. The nearest coach park is Union Terrace on Clarence Street.


Available in the Minster. Please ensure that children are supervised at all times. Toilet facilities are available for use by disabled visitors.

The toilets at the centre are only available to schools for the period they have booked its use.

Eating areas

We regret that there are no covered eating areas at the Minster. Schools are welcome to picnic in Dean's Park or on College Green at the front of St William's College.

Late arrival

If you are delayed, please telephone us on 01904 557224. If you arrive late your teacher/guide may not be able to offer you the full session as booked.

Facilities for Disabled Visitors

Almost all of York Minster is wheelchair accessible. Access to the Tower is by stairs. The Learning Centre is on ground level with wheelchair access. Wheelchairs are available for loan. A loop system is installed in the Minster, and for the visually-impaired there is a touch and feel model of the cathedral. A welcome and information leaflet is available for visitors with disabilities.

Special Educational Needs

Please let us know if members of your group have any special needs. We will try to tailor our service to accommodate individual requirements.

Photography / Filming / Recording

The use of cameras at York Minster is welcomed for educational use within schools.

Photography is not permitted in the Treasury or Crypt or during any act of worship.

Recording images or sound for commercial purposes or to upload onto the internet is not permitted without prior consent, and all commercial rights in all images remain the property of the The Chapter of York.

If you plan to film any part of your tour, please be aware that you must get the full permission of the member of staff or volunteer leading your tour before proceeding. You must gain written approval from York Minster in advance of your visit if you plan to publish or broadcast any footage or stills for any other purpose than teaching within the classroom or for private use.

Booking terms

The Chapter reserve the right to vary arrangements at York Minster and we apologise if any parts of the cathedral are inaccessible at the time of your visit. A school cancelling a visit and not giving 28 days notice may be charged a cancellation fee. If for any reason the Minster authorities find it necessary to cancel a school booking. The Chapter cannot be held liable for the cost of transport, accommodation, or any other costs which may have been incurred as part of the visit thus cancelled.