York Minster Breaks

For lovers of fine architecture, stained glass and fascinating church history. Be overwhelmed by the majesty of one of the UK’s iconic buildings. The largest gothic building in Northern Europe.

These personally guided individual tours are exclusive to the Dean Court.

Enjoy two nights in 4-star luxury including a magnificent York 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
  • A 3-Course Dinner on ONE NIGHT of your choice in D.C.H *** - the restaurant at the Dean Court which holds a coveted AA Rosette award for fine food. Enjoy local and regional produce cooked with great care by Iain Weston, 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, DCH, 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.

***On occasions when D.C.H, the restaurant is fully booked or given over to a private party,
our guests on dinner-inclusive rates will be offered an unlimited 3 course choice and coffee PLUS a selected,
complimentary, bottle of wine in THE COURT, the hotels popular Cafe-Bistro.

TOUR 1The 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.

TOUR 2The Minster, the Crypt Passages, Five Sisters Window

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.

TOUR 3The Minster, West End Towers, Bells

This tour includes the South West tower, Clock Chamber, Ringing Chamber, Bell Chamber, the outside western gallery and Great Peter ringing chamber.

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 MAGICAL 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 £510
  • Superior Double or Twin £580
  • Deluxe Double £620
  • Four-Poster Deluxe Double £650

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.

Tel: +44 (0)1904 625082

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