Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt
Choir, Chapter House & Nave
Entrance to the minster is via the south transept, which was badly damaged by fire in 1984, but has now been fully restored. The...
The remarkable York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in all of Northern Europe, and one of the world's most beautiful Gothic...
At the heart of York's cathedral is the massive tower, which is well worth climbing for the unparalleled views of York. You'll have to...
Ye Olde Starre
Licenced since 1644, this is York's oldest pub – a warren of small rooms and a small beer garden, with a half-dozen real ales on tap. It...
Betty's younger sister is more demure and less crowded, but just as good.
Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt information
A set of stairs in the south transept of York Minster leads down to the architecturally outstanding undercroft, treasury and crypt. The treasury houses 11th-century artefacts including relics from the graves of medieval archbishops. The crypt contains fragments from the Norman cathedral, including the font showing King Edwin's baptism, which also marks the site of the original wooden chapel. Look out for the Doomstone , a 12th-century carving showing a scene from the Last Judgement with demons casting doomed souls into Hell.
In 1967 the minster foundations were shored up when the central tower threatened to collapse; while engineers worked frantically to save the building, archaeologists uncovered Roman and Norman remains that attest to the site's ancient history – one of the most extraordinary finds is a Roman culvert , still carrying water to the Ouse.
A new interactive exhibit in the Undercroft, Revealing York Minster , leads visitors through 2000 years of history on the site of the cathedral.