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Fantastic Facts About York Minster

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Amazing Facts About York Minster's Tower
York Minster, with its massive Central Tower, rises above York and the Yorkshire countryside.

York Minster, with its massive Central Tower, rises above York and the Yorkshire countryside.

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York Minster's Central Tower, also known as the Lantern Tower, is an amazing feat of 15th century engineering. Built between 1407 and 1433, it stands more than 230 feet - the height of a 23-story building, and weighs 16,000 metric tonnes - the weight of 40 jumbo jets!

Anyone up to climbing the 275 steps to the top can enjoy close up views and overviews of York Minsters pinnacles, gargoyles and carvings.

Climbing to the highest point in York, by a wide margin, visitors at the top of the tower can see across the rooftops of York to make out the city's medieval lanes and snickleways. The view also takes in miles of countryside, extending, on a clear day, to the Yorkshire Wolds.

Children under 8-years-old are not permitted to climb the Tower. Children under 16-years-old can only climb accompanied by an adult. Groups of more than 10 children under 16 must be accompanied by at least three adults. Smaller groups of children can be accompanied by two adults.

Essential Visitor Information for York Minster

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