York Minster plans changes to the Precinct

Pedestrianisation of Duncombe Place back on the agenda

York Minster is consulting on plans for the area surrounding the Cathedral. 

The Minster authorities are preparing a masterplan to explore how the Precinct could evolve in the future to meet the changing needs of its community and visitors. The Minster Chapter recognise that it is a sensitive and complex area of the City and its future care must be planned for carefully.

The intention is that the masterplan will be adopted as part of the City’s planning policy. It will provide the Minster with a clear strategy for the next twenty years and will be used to secure funding for individual projects.

The Minster is working with the City of York Council, Historic England, a wide range of stakeholders and the community to get the best plan in place. It is at a very early stage. An exhibition in Deans Park explains what they hope to achieve through the masterplan process.

Residents and visitors are being invited to give their ideas, suggestions and thoughts.

You can download the full masterplanning PDF here

Your can take the online survey and provide feedback here

or if you prefer, print the survey here and send back in via post to Masterplanning, Church House, 10-14 Ogleforth, YO1 7JN

The consultation will run until midnight on Saturday 30 June.

This is a welcome initiative from the custodians of York’s best known landmark.

The City can’t stand still and some proposals – including the pedestrianisation and paving of Duncombe Place – are long overdue.

However, the devil (him again) will be in the detail and not everyone will share the Chapters view that Deans Park should be a more lively place. An “oasis of calm” in a busy world might get more votes!

Finding funding for the public infrastructure works is likely to be a particular challenge 

Still there is room for improvement and most would be delighted if the historic St Williams College building was brought back into use. 

What’s on in York: The Ebor Singers with Songs of Remembrance at York Minster

 19 May 18


From £5.00


Couperin: Troisieme Lecon de mecredi saint

Charpentier: Messe de Morts

Purcell: Funeral Sentences

Expressive works by seventeenth and eighteenth century composers are the focus of this concert. To celebrate the 350th anniversary of Francois Couperin’s birth, we include the third of his Lecons de Tenebres, which entertained and moved when they were first heard in Holy Week 1714, with the musical language matching the poignancy of the text and the drama of the liturgy.

Both written in the 1670s, Charpentier’s Messe de Morts (commemorating various obsequies for his patrons the Guise family) and Purcell’s Funeral Sentences (possibly written following the death of his teacher Matthew Locke in 1677), demonstrate the highly expressive influence of Italian music.

Tickets available here or on the night.

For more information please call 01904 557200.

Dean of York Minster to become Bishop of Bristol

Work on East end of Minster completed

The Very Reverend Viv Faull the Dean of York Minster is to take up an appointment as the Bishop of Bristol.

Viv Faull has made a major contribution to the  regeneration of the Minster during the last 6 years. Financially the Cathedral is more secure, major projects like the restoration of the Great East Window have been completed and congregation numbers have increased.

She was the first woman Dean in York’s history and will become one of only a few female Bishops in the country.

We wish her well in her new role.

The Press release from 10 Downing Street is reproduced below.


The Queen has approved the nomination of the Very Reverend Vivienne Frances Faull, MA, Dean of York, in the diocese of York, for election as Bishop of Bristol in succession to the Right Reverend Michael Arthur Hill, on his resignation on the 30th September 2017.       


Vivienne Faull

The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, (aged 62) studied at the Queen’s School, Chester and Saint Hilda’s College, Oxford. After teaching with the Church Mission Society in North India and youth work at Shrewsbury House, Everton, she trained for ministry in Nottingham. She then moved to the Liverpool diocese serving as a Deaconess from 1982 to 1985. She was Chaplain, Fellow and honorary Fellow at Clare College Cambridge and was made Deacon in the Diocese of Ely in 1987. She began cathedral ministry in 1990 as Chaplain at Gloucester Cathedral where she was ordained in 1994. She became Canon Pastor, and later Vice Provost at Coventry Cathedral in 1994. In 2000, she became the first woman to lead a Church of England cathedral when she was appointed Provost of Leicester becoming Dean of Leicester later that year.

She was appointed to her current post as Dean of York in 2012, overseeing the completion of a complex £20 million Heritage Lottery Fund project to restore York Minster’s Great East Window. Her interest in the sustainable regeneration of communities led to her nomination as chair of the City of York Council’s community forum for the York Central project – the largest brown field mixed development site in the north of England.  

She was chair of the Association of English Cathedrals (the cathedrals’ representative body) from 2009 to 2015 and is currently chair of the Deans’ conference. She is Vice Chair of the Archbishops’ Council Cathedrals Working Group which has reviewed the governance and finance of English Anglican cathedrals. She is a governor of York St John University and holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Chester, Gloucester and York.

Vivienne is married to Michael, a consultant physician. Together they have walked a third of the ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome and travelled to Canada to canoe the Turner Lakes and explore the Haida Gwaii islands by sailing boat.

What’s on in York: Organ series 2018 at York Minster

Celebrate the Cathedrals magnificent organ ahead of its major restoration in autumn 2018.

A series of outstanding concerts and recitals with pieces brought to life by the Minster’s own world-renowned musicians.

Monday 7 May – 1.10pm
Bank Holiday Monday recital
Jeremy Lloyd will perform an informal Organ Promanade in the Nave as part of regular admission to the Minster.

Sunday 13 May – 5.15pm
Olivier Messiaen’s L’ascension

Saturday 25 August – 7.00pm
Summer organs gala concert

J S Bach on Sundays

Each Sunday between January and July, before the 10am service.

What’s on in York: Make your own Easter Goodies @ York Minster

Apr _4MinsterYork Minster’s Chapter House :

Wed 4 Apr :

10.00am – 3.00pm :


Celebrate new life this Easter by making chocolate ‘bird nest’ cakes, with mini eggs, and decorate an Easter egg biscuit to take home in your own personalised gift box.

Please let Minster staff know of any allergies before taking part in these activities.

Suitable for 4+ years (accompanied by an adult).

£2.50 per participant, standard admission charges apply*

*Admission ticket lasts for 12 months. Family 12-month ticket from £10 (valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with 1 adult). FREE admission to Minster for York residents with York card.

What’s on in York: JORVIK Viking Festival @ York Minster

Feb _17Minster

The Minster :

Thu 15 Feb :

10.00am – 3.00pm :

£2.50 with standard admission.

Make your own Viking-style decoration to take home in the stunning surroundings of the Chapter House inside York Minster.

Inspired by the Anglo-Scandinavian stone carvings in our Undercroft Museum, your keepsake will help you look the part throughout a fun and educational week in York!

Need some more inspiration? You can also meet the Vikings right here too! Handle authentic and replica Viking artefacts, learn how to play a Viking board game, and discover more about the mystery that is York Minster during the Viking period from our resident ‘Vikings’.

£2.50 per child for craft activity, with standard admission.

Admission ticket lasts for 12 months. Family 12-month ticket from £10 (valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with 1 adult). FREE admission to Minster for York residents with proof of residency (York Card, DVLA License, utility bill).

What’s on over Christmas in York

York Minster

Sunday 24th and Monday 25 Dec :

Times vary : Free


Sunday 24 December, Christmas Eve

12 noon: Crib Service
Traditional service where families and children are particularly welcome

Sunday 24 December, 4.00pm: Nine Lessons and Carols

Two services consisting of nine special readings, carols sung by the York Minster Choir and hymns for everyone to join in. A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

11.30pm: First Eucharist of Christmas

Traditional ‘Midnight Mass’ with music from the St William’s Singers and York Young Soloists.
Preacher: Canon Chris Collingwood


Monday 25 December, Christmas Day

York Minster’s special services celebrating Christ’s birth:

8.00am: Holy Communion (said, 1662)

10.00am: Sung Eucharist of Christmas Day. Preacher: The Archbishop of York

11:45am: Christmas Day Choral Matins (sung by the Minster Choir) Preacher: Dean of York

4:00pm: Christmas Day Choral Evensong (sung by the Minster Choir)


St James the Deacon, Sherringham Drive 

What’s on in York: The Snowman at York Minster

Big Screen. Iconic Film. World Class Musicians. A truly magical Christmas show.

  • 16th Dec 2017

2:30pm & 7:00pm

From £12


Delight your family this Christmas with a screening of two enchanting films accompanied by live orchestra.

Following on from their highly acclaimed sell-out tour last December, Carrot Productions are bringing their Snowman magic to York Minster on 16 December with two performances (2.30pm for the matinee and 7pm for the evening show).

Hear some of the UK’s top musicians perform Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack – including the evocative ‘Walking in the Air’ sung by a local child soloist – in perfect synchronicity with the film shown on a giant screen. Not a dry eye in the house!

This extra special performance includes a light-hearted Guide to the Orchestra, including an angelic harp, Frozen on the flutes, and a very naughty drummer!

You’ll also experience the wonder of that most Christmassy of seasonal pieces, The Nutcracker, brought to life by Tom Scott’s mesmerising animated film. Along with a toe-tapping Christmas overture – and a visit from a VERY special conductor! – this festive treat has something for all ages. Cherished by children and adults alike, the concert is fast becoming an annual custom, providing the perfect winter outing for all the family.

What’s on in York; Carol concerts at York Minster


  • 14th and 15th Dec 2017
7.00pm – 8.30pm
From £12.00


York Minster’s popular Christmas Carol Concerts take place on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December and offer the perfect start to the festive season.

The concerts feature the York Minster Choir performing a mixture of classical and popular Christmas music, with the Yorkshire Volunteers Band leading the audience in Christmas carols.

The concerts will take place in the Minster’s awe-inspiring Nave and include special seasonal readings by celebrity guests.

Tickets are priced at £25, £18 and £12 and will be available from Tuesday 26 September from the York Theatre Royal Box Office online, by telephoning 01904 623568 or in person at the theatre in St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD.

The box office is open Mondays 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-8pm* (on non-show days or until 6pm on show days). Please note that a booking fee of £1.50 is payable for all transactions apart from cash payments at the Box Office in person.