For lovers of fine architecture, stained glass and fascinating church history. Unique opportunities, exclusive to Dean Court guests, to enjoy a personal tour of areas of the Minster normally accessible only to organised groups.
Be overwhelmed by the majesty of one of the UK’s iconic buildings. The largest gothic building in Northern Europe.
Enjoy two nights in 4-star luxury including a magnificent personal Hidden Minster Tour (one of three) in the company of our expert Guide.
Your Break includes;
- Two nights accommodation
- THE TOUR of your choice
- A complimentary Bottle of Champagne to greet you
- Full award-winning Yorkshire breakfast each morning
- Dinner on one night of your stay – with £35 per person allowance towards the A la Carte Menu in D.C.H – the restaurant at the Dean Court that holds a coveted 2AA Rosette award for fine food. Enjoy local and regional produce cooked with great care by our Head Chef and his team
- Free parking in Hotel’s own secure car park (normally £13.50 per night) & Valet Parking Service
***Should you wish to dine, or you have dinner(s) included in your rate, may we advise telephoning in advance to book a table as our award winning restaurant, D.C.H, can become busy especially in the earlier part of the evening.
***We regret that tables may not be otherwise available at the time you prefer.
TOUR 1. The Minster, the Masons’ Loft, Chapter House Roof
The Chapter House was built, and is still used, as the meeting place of the Dean and Chapter, the governing body of the Minster. It was built between 1270 and 1280 after the North Transept and was a separate building, later connected by what is known as the Chapter House Vestibule in c.1330. It has a unique “gothic dome” roof, without a central column inside.Above the Chapter House Vestibule sits the Masons’ Loft. It was used by the masons as their drawing office. The room has a fine early 14th century scissors roof, a fireplace and a garderobe.
This tour includes the South West Tower, the Ringing Chamber, a climb to the Bell Chamber, a short walk outside across the top of the Great West Window, where there are magnificent views of York. The tour then takes in the Great Peter Bell Chamber and the North West Tower, traversing the internal ledge at the bottom of the Great West Window inside, giving an amazing view of the full length of the Minster, and back down the South West Tower. A truly outstanding tour
TOUR 3. Early Minster
This tour explores the passages to the north and south of the Crypts and the roof void above St John’s Chapel to give a greater understanding of the building. This tour culminates with a breath-taking trip to the top walkway over the Five Sisters window. A fascinating insight
Conditions: York Minster is a working church and as such occasionally closed for services. These special tours are subject to the Dean and Chapter being able to offer access on the day and time you prefer and the availability of the specialist Guide, who is a fully-trained volunteer Guide of York Minster. Consequently the Dean Court is unable to guarantee that the HIDDEN MINSTER TOURS will be available on your chosen stay-dates. We will accept your Accommodation booking and confirm Tour availability within 48 hrs. Should the Tours not be available or should you not have alternative dates, a full refund of your deposit will be made. The Minster regrets that tours are not available on Sundays.
Please note that these special tours are unsuitable for guests uneasy with heights- and certain medical conditions, but the views are spectacular!You are advised to read and abide by the MANDATORY HEALTH & SAFETY/GUIDANCE NOTES (See pdf below)
RATES ARE TOTAL PRICE for 2 nights – fully inclusive for 2 people
- Standard Double or Twin £550
- Superior Double or Twin £610
- Deluxe Double £680
- Four-Poster Deluxe Double £700
Superior, de Luxe and Four Poster de Luxe doubles have Minster views
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER A 5% DISCOUNT FOR MID-WEEK (Suns – Thurs) STAYS. ( The Minster regrets that tours are not available on Sundays.)
BOOKING CONDITIONS for all SPECIAL INTEREST BREAKS: A £100 deposit is required when making a reservation. Should you be forced to cancel within seven clear days of arrival, deposits will be retained.