York Minster invites everyone to discover God's love.
The seat of the Archbishop of York, the Cathedral and the Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York – York Minster as it is better known – is the mother church of the Northern Province and the Cathedral for the Diocese of York. It is a centre for Christian life in the North of England. York Minster has been a place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 1,400 years and worship is still at the heart of its life. York Minster’s Choir of adult Vicars Choral and boys and girls from the Minster School is world renowned. The Choir’s mastery of the English choral tradition is one of the Minster’s crowning glories.
York Minster is a gothic masterpiece in stone and stained glass, a magnet that draws people to visit the City of York and a defining symbol of the ancient “capital of the North”. Each year around 600,000 people from all over the world come to explore the Minster, and visitor surveys find a high level of satisfaction from their experience. It is one of the centres of York’s lively cultural and intellectual life, hosting many concerts, lectures and exhibitions.
The Minster community is diverse with over 200 members of staff and almost 500 volunteers. The Stoneyard’s craftsmen and women are immensely skilled and knowledgeable about both the church building and the Precinct Properties; a fine Library is run in partnership with the University of York; there are two cathedral shops and a team of staff and volunteers who manage the floor of the Minster and work to ensure that all our visitors receive a warm welcome.