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Spend your summer at York Minster and discover an exciting programme of events, services and activities

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 10:17

By Barbara Constable

Spend your summer at York Minster and discover an exciting programme of events, services and activities.

Pride Celebration
at York Minster

Friday 2 June

All are welcomed to York Minster on the eve of York Pride to celebrate LGBTQ+ lives. 

7.30pm - Experience the Cathedral after hours with a welcome from York Minster clergy. Add your hopes to a prayer tree, remember those you love, and enjoy refreshments. 

8.30pm - Join a beautiful service of candlelit Compline to end the evening in the knowledge we are loved by God.


Open air theatre in
Dean’s Park  
The Three Inch Fools

Friday 23 June, Sunday 25 June,
Friday 15 September & Saturday 16 September, 7.30pm

Rushed off their feet with musical instruments in hand, a hapless troupe of actors is coming to Dean’s Park with endless costume changes, chaotic comedies and confusion.

The Three Inch Fools are bringing their innovative touring theatre company to York Minster this summer for fast-paced, musically-driven outdoor theatre with performances of legendary folktale Robin Hood and Shakespeare’s most chaotic comedy As You Like It.


Family Fun


Visit Majesty: Monarchy & York Minster


Show off your best royal wave as you pose for a majestic photograph with a soft-toy corgi in our exhibition celebrating York Minster’s royal collections and connections.

Visitors can also try on regal robes and bear a crown and sceptre before adding your wishes for the Coronation year to a special crown-shaped tag.


Follow the Maths Quest trail


Have you ever wondered how many panes of glass make up the Five Sisters Window?

Look for shapes, patterns and numbers as you journey around York Minster on our brand-new Maths Quest trail. Perfect to keep little brains busy!

Collect your free trail map from our Welcome Desks or download from our website. 


Grab a Little Explorer Backpack


Our Little Explorer Backpacks are filled with gadgets including maps, binoculars, and a magnifying glass to help your young adventurer explore the medieval Minster.

Pick up a trail map to help guide your journey. 


Explore the Undercroft Museum


Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and discover 2000 years of history in our state-of-the-art Undercroft Museum.

Delve beneath the cathedral’s floor and see archaeological finds from across the centuries through digital displays and interactive chambers.


Climb the Central Tower 


See medieval stonework and gothic grotesques up-close as you climb the 275 steps to the top of York Minster’s Central Tower, the highest point in York, for panoramic views of the city.


Enjoy our green spaces


Relax in Dean’s Park, Minster Gardens or College Green and take in these vibrant green spaces nestled in the heart of York. Perfect for family picnics and dog walks. 


Coming soon...


Summer Organ Recitals

Thursdays 20 July – 24 August, 7.00pm

Experience York Minster’s magnificent Grand Organ through a series of summer recitals. Join world-class visiting organists alongside York Minster’s own accomplished musicians for six evenings of spectacular organ music in the cathedral’s awe-inspiring Nave.

Programme highlights include much-loved classics from Debussy, Bach and Widor, as well as exciting contemporary compositions. 

- Thursday 20 July, John Scott Whiteley
- Thursday 27 July, Benjamin Morris
- Thursday 3 August, Katherine Dienes-Williams
- Thursday 10 August, Robert Quinney
- Thursday 17 August, Colin Walsh
- Thursday 24 August, Robert Sharpe

Tickets are now available for just £12, with a combined season ticket price of £60 for all six recitals. A concession ticket for under-27s priced at £5 is also available.


The York Minster Shops


Chapter House


Taken from a mould of the original thirteenth-century stone carving that peers out in the Chapter House, The Mouse is the perfect way to remember your trip to York Minster.


Firewood Oak Fountain Pen   


Own a piece of York Minster's history, with our handcrafted fountain pen turned from 13th century oak timber recovered from York Minster's South Transept after the 1984 fire.


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