- York Minster is one of the world’s most impressive cathedrals and is well worth a visit. There’s loads to see, from staggering stained glass windows to the most magnificent view of the city from the very top (if you can face all those steps). Churches aren’t always the most exciting experience for children, but the Minster team has done a great job in trying to engage younger visitors. And it works – our own children are always asking to visit.
What could otherwise be a frustrating experience for little ones can be transformed into an exciting one by picking up one of the Explorer Backpacks from the information desk. An I-Spy game, giant magnifying glass, telescope and puzzle pack really get kids interested in what they’re seeing. It’s a great idea and means you can enjoy a visit to this spectacular place. Older children will enjoy a walk up the tower for the views from the top.
Good to know – You’ll need to seek out the backpacks at the information desk but it’s well worth doing if you’re with small children. York residents get in for free, but you’ll need to show your York Card. Deans Gardens (just out the front of the Minster) are good for a runaround afterwards. There are regular fun holiday activities that are well worth checking out. And don’t miss their carol services during December, especially the Crib Service if you’re with younger children. It’s really special.
Venue: York Minster Food & Drink: None, but you’re right in the middle of York so you’re spoilt for choice. Parking: None, but it’s a short walk from most city centre car parks. Opening Times: For sightseeing, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (last entry); Sunday 12.45pm to 5pm Prices: From £10 adult; child free with paying adult; ticket valid for 12 months. Contact: Visit the website Address: Deangate, York YO1 7HH