Experience one of the top visitor attractions in York with a trip to York Minster. Regularly voted one of the most popular things to do in York, the Minster is not only an architecturally stunning building but is a place to discover the history of York over the centuries, its artefacts and treasures.

The Minster is open for sightseeing everyday as well as regular services, events and concerts. Please note there are occasions when York Minster is open for services only. Please check our Closures section for sightseeing closures.

Opening Times

For services

Open daily from 7:00am until 6:30pm - see service times here.

For closures

View our calendar of when the Minster is closed

Please note: Each day the Quire and East end shuts an hour before evening service (e.g 4.15pm closure for a 5.15pm Evensong)


For sightseeing

Weekdays & Saturdays:
Open 9:00am; last entry at 5.00pm

12.45pm - 5.00pm


Weekdays & Saturdays:
1pm - 5.00pm

Tower trips may be affected by weather so please ask about availability prior to your visit or as you arrive at the cathedral.

Minster Shop Opening Hours

The shop is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm and on a Sunday 12.30pm - 5.30pm.


There are a range of ticket options to suit every visitor, from families to individuals and those wanting to visit more of York's brilliant attractions. For those travelling in a group of 10 or more people, find out about Group Visits.

Plus, your admission ticket to York Minster is valid for 12 months! A free guided tour is included in your admission price, subject to availability. Adult admission starts from just £10 and children under-16 can visit the Minster for free with an adult!

Please note: Following events in Manchester and London, York Minster will undertake random bag searches upon entry to the Minster and large bags or suitcase will not be allowed inside the cathedral.
For more information, please read our security update here


Combined Ticket (Minster and Tower)

Adult - £15
Seniors and Students - £14
Child (ages 8-16*) - £5

*To climb the tower you must be 8+

Minster Only

Adult - £10
Seniors and Students - £9
Child (under-16) - Free with paying adult*

*valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with one adult (excluding groups of 10+).

UK tax payers may 'Gift Aid' their entrance fee which means that we can claim back 25% of your entrance fee from HM Revenue and Customs.

Did you know?

York Residents: Entrance to the Minster is free with valid identification including: a YorkCard, driving licence, utility bill, or proof of York address.

Your Minster ticket includes a free guided tour (subject to availability).

It costs £21,000 a day to run York Minster. Your admission charge directly supports the future of this holy and historic building. In these circumstances we trust you will understand why we charge for entry. No charges are made for those who wish to enter York Minster to pray, light a candle, or attend a service.


  • Monday 28 August 2017
    Old Palace closed
  • Monday 11 September 2017
    Minster closed from 1.00pm for memorial service. Last admission at 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 September 2017
    Chapter House closed until 1pm
  • Sunday 17 September 2017
    Later opening at 1.30pm after large service in the morning.
  • Saturday 23 September 2017
    Chapter House closed from 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 September 2017
    Chapter House Closed from 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 October 2017
    Admission for sight-seeing from 2.00pm only. Consecration service taking place during the morning/early afternoon. All welcome to service (11am start).
  • Friday 27 October 2017
    Admission for sight-seeing from 11.30am only. Private service taking place in morning.
  • Tuesday 14 November 2017
    Full Minster closure for York St.John's Graduation. No sight-seeing all day. Only Evensong at 5.15pm (admission from 5.00pm)
  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
    Full Minster closure for York St.John's Graduation. No sight-seeing all day. Only Evensong at 5.15pm (admission from 5.00pm)

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