More good news for those of you looking for a change of scene for your daily walk or even a picnic: York Minster’s Dean’s Park, the popular green space which runs along the north side of the cathedral, will reopen from Monday, 1 June 2020. The park, which has been closed to the public since the 23 March as part of the Minster’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.
People using Dean’s Park area are asked to respect government advice and social distancing guidance by remaining at least 2m apart from others outside of their group at all times to ensure the park remains open for all. Please note that ball games, smoking and dogs are not permitted.
Situated at the heart of York city centre, Dean’s Park is the ideal spot for a picnic, and there are some tempting food options nearby. Brew & Brownie and Mannions are both operating a takeaway service, and there are some brilliant places in Shambles Market too (we’d recommend Bluebird Bakery for bread, brownies and more, Krep Truck for crepes and galettes and The Dark Horse Espresso Bar for great coffee and delicious Anzac biscuits and banana bread. By supporting a local business, you’re helping to get the city back on its feet. We’ll drink – and eat – to that!
York Minster and its wider precinct currently remain closed to the public while its governing body, the Chapter of York, plan how to safely reopen for worship and sightseeing, in line with advice from the government and Public Health England. We’ll keep you updated as and when this changes.