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Follow In The Steps Of Saint John Of Beverley


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Daily Tours

Contact the Virger or a Welcomer on arrival at the Minster or contact us in advance.

Tours will go ahead as long as there are no events or services taking place.

Tours are taken at the discretion of the Virger on duty.

Roof Tours

Monday – Saturday 11.15am all year round and 2.15pm (May – October only)

Adults £5, children (7-16) £2.50.

Minimum of FOUR people. (If there are less than 4 people, the tour will not take place.)

Maximum 25 people. Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the roof for Health and Safety reasons.

The tour takes about one hour.

Ground Floor Tours

Monday – Saturday at 2.15pm. (November – April) 

Adults £5, children (under 16) £2.50.

Tour lasts up to 60 minutes.

Tours at other times are available by appointment – please telephone the Virger’s office: 01482 882128 or email.

Combined tours (by appointment)

Charges are:
Adults: Ground Floor and Roof Tour £7.50
Children (7-16): Ground Floor and Roof Tour £3.75

Group Tours

Tours for larger groups can be arranged in advance through the Parish Centre and are available during our normal times of opening (subject to change if a service or event is arranged). The maximum number for any one visit to the roof is 25; there is no limit for ground floor tours. Children under 7 are not allowed on roof tours.

The rate for school children on formally booked tours is £1.50 for the ground tour, £1.50 for roof tour and £2.50 for ground and roof combined, and no charge for adult helpers.

Musical heights

Visitors climbing Beverley Minster’s north tower this Bank Holiday Monday, will be helping spread a little culture down south.

The special annual event, which gives visitors access to the best views in East Yorkshire from the top of a 165 foot bell tower, is giving all proceeds towards sending three Beverley Minster choirs on a tour of cathedrals and churches in Gloucestershire, and Bristol.

This musical excursion, the first time the choirs have ever toured outside East Yorkshire, will involve more than 50 singers; adults, boys and girls, performing choral duties in some of the finest churches in the south of England.

“It’s a perfect opportunity to build friendships and sing in buildings that are nearly as beautiful as Beverley Minster,” said musical director Robert Poyser. “We’ll also be demonstrating the sheer quality of our choir to people down south who may have never heard of us. It will be a splendid learning experience for them and us.”

The ever-popular tours up the 200+ steps of the Minster’s North Tower include a stop at the 110 year-old clock mechanism that drives the chimes of the Minster and a rest in the unusually-decorated storage room between the towers.

Tours begin at 10.30am on Monday August 25 and will continue during the day, subject to demand. The choir is also providing cakes, cream teas and other refreshments as part of the fund-raising effort and there will be musical accompaniment on the Minster organ during the day.

Normal tours in the central tower will also be available at the usual times of 11.15am and 2.15pm.

North tower tours cost £10 per adult, accompanied under 16s free, while the central tower tours cost £5 per adult; accompanied under 16s free on Monday 25 August only.

In the Footsteps of Saint John of Beverley

Church or Deanery groups looking for a place of pilgrimage are very welcome at Beverley Minster. Thousands flocked in pilgrimage to the Minster in the middle ages to venerate the resting place of St John and today’s pilgrims are welcome to join us for a special day.

Your pilgrimage might include a guided tour of the Minster and inside the roof, and a service of communion or prayer during the day. We would be pleased to talk to you about refreshments - a variety of options is available.

You should allow free time to explore the market town of Beverley which owes its existence to Saint John.

“The Annual Rotherham Deanery Pilgrimage took place in June 2011 at Beverley Minster. Over 200 people from across the deanery made the journey to the Minster where we celebrated communion before departing in different ways. Some remaining at the Minster for guided tours, some to Beverley and some to Bridlington. The Minster was excellent, the service wonderful and we were made to feel so welcome.  Are you looking for a place for your Parish, Deanery or Diocesan Pilgrimage? Do consider Beverley.”

David Bliss, Vicar of Rotherham and Area Dean of Rotherham

Contact the Parish Centre so that we can talk to you about a plan for your visit.

Download a poster here.