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“Stupendous”
Review of York Minster

York Minster
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$24.74*
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York Walking Tour including York Minster
Ranked #4 of 204 things to do in York
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Owner description: Dating back to medieval times, this splendid Church of England cathedral features magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained glass, stonework and elaborate tombs.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Stupendous”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

What can one say. An awe inspiring example of the best in medieval architecture. Among the stunning masonry & marvelous stained glass windows I'd make special mention of the Five Sisters window whose non figurative patterns & grisaille coloring conveys a sense of profound spirituality.

Visited November 2013
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“Must go beneath!”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

The area surrounding York Minster, with its monuments to Constantine and the church where Guy Fawkes was baptized, are interesting, and York Minster itself is overwhelming. Especially fascinating was the tour beneath where one can see the lengths people have gone through to keep the building upright and the amount of history layered under the modern cathedral. The great window was being restored while we were there, and I was initially disappointed, wanting to see the class and instead seeing a tarp with the image of the window upon it, but on display are panes from the window that have been restored. I've never been able to see such panes so closely, and it was breathtaking. So much intricate detail!

Visited July 2013
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“Worth every penny”
Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

We visited with friends who had never been to york before so obviously top of the to do list was The Minster. Whilst to me it seems wrong to charge admission to a religious building, this was definitely good value for money and the tickets are valued for 12 months. The building is simply stunning and we found the interactive displays in the under croft very interesting. I know that they are really aimed at children but the inner child in all of us was brought out with the alternative type 'brass' rubbings, using building blocks to create an unsupported arch (yes it stayed up) and the dressing up corner.

Visited November 2013
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“Informative and impressive!”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

York Minster is a stunning building and impressive in its size. The ongoing restoration projects are incorporated into informative and interactive educational projects in different areas of the building. Staff are helpful and friendly. The magnificent organ was being played during our visit which gave an added facet to the ambience and as we left, the bells were ringing!! As others have said, the cost would be prohibitive for many visitors. We were just that, visitors, and unlikely to be popping in on a regular basis over a twelve month period!

Visited October 2013
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

We joined a tour, and the tour leader was excellent. She told us so much and pointed out things we would never have noticed. It was so interesting.

Visited October 2013
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