There is so much to see and do in York Minster, with world famous stained glass, historic artefacts and awe-inspiring architecture, we want you to make the most of your visit with us.

Taking a guided tour is an excellent way for visitors to experience the complete story of York Minster and discover this unique visitor attraction. Learn more about its art, history, and music and how these have changed with York over the centuries.

Our qualified voluntary guides will take you through the entire cathedral, pointing out its hidden treasures and stunning stained glass, giving you an informative and interesting look at its amazing history and life.

Our guided tours are perfect for group travel, families or anyone wanting to learn more about this historical building and are available at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm, from Monday to Saturday. Tours of York Minster are approximately one hour, and are included in the cost of admission.

Tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Please contact us at at least 28 days before your visit.

Central Tower Trips

There’s no better place for sightseeing in York than from the top of York Minster’s medieval central tower, the highest point in the whole of York.

Climb up the winding tower of 275 steps and 230 feet, passing the medieval pinnacles and gothic gargoyles before stepping out into the open air to experience the best panoramic views of York’s picturesque city centre, spy the hidden alleyways and medieval lanes and beyond the beautiful surrounding Yorkshire countryside.

If you’re only taking a day trip to York or perhaps are visiting for a weekend break, climbing the central tower is one of the must-do activities in York. 

Tickets including Minster

  • Adult £15
  • Seniors & Students £14
  • Child £5

Children visiting the Tower must be aged 8-16 years, and accompanied by an Adult

There are 275 steps to climb in a narrow space, so there are Health and Safety restrictions, these can be viewed when booking and in the Minster. By buying a ticket you agree to having read these restrictions.


Minster Treasures Hunt!

Well done, you’ve found the last of the treasures!  This manuscript is one of the most valuable in our collection and dates back more than 1,000 years! To find our more and to grab that final code, click on the item above!

You’ve stumbled across our online Minster Treasures hunt! If you want to start from the beginning to try and win a prize, click here.