York Minster

Things to do in York | York Minster

Great gothic architecture, Medieval stained glass masterpieces and amazing views will meet you at the city’s most famous landmark, York Minster. One of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, York Minster was built in the thirteenth century, although additions were made throughout the next centuries. Surviving collapsed towers, reformation looting and civil war sieges, the cathedral was fully restored in the twentieth century. Explore 2,000 years of history in the interactive museum or take a guided tour. Head up the central tower to enjoy the great views of York or join a service. A visit to this iconic building won’t disappoint.

York Minster

York Minster

Top tip

If you don’t want to tackle city centre parking, there are also six park and ride sites around the city. Simply head to one of the free, secure car parks and finish your journey by bus. Check out the park and ride sites on the Travel York website for more information.

Eating and drinking

Looking for somewhere to take a break from exploring York Minster? There are plenty of restaurants and cafés in the city centre to choose from.

From bakeries to bistros, patisseries to pubs, there are plenty of options for tasty treats and delicious drinks in York city centre. Whether you want stop for a quick coffee break or enjoy a full fine dining experience, York’s eateries have it covered.

Getting to York Minster

Located in the heart of York, you’ll have no problem finding this city centre landmark.

By car
Although the cathedral doesn’t have its own parking, you’ll find plenty of pay and display car parks just a short walk away from York Minster.

By bus
With lots of city centre bus stops nearby, you can easily hop on a bus to York Minster any time of day.

By train
York railway station is just across the river from York Minster. Take a 10-minute stroll through the picturesque city or a 5-minute taxi ride to the cathedral.

Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Our  Blossom Street North and Blossom Street South hotels are right in the city centre. And our York North hotel is a mile further out and our Premier Inn York North West hotel is a few miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.