Minster Tours

Welcome to Minster Tours

Booking is now open for Guided Tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11.00.
Roof Tours are available to book for Saturdays in August and September at 14.00. 

There are some exceptions due to other events taking place.

In the interests of everyone, we strongly advise the wearing of a mask.

On the tour our guide will tell you the story of St John of Beverley and how tradition has it that he influenced King Athelstan to give Beverley the ‘right of sanctuary’. You will see medieval stained glass, the Saxon fridstool and the Norman font. Your guide will explain why a relatively small town has a parish church that is larger than many cathedrals.

PLEASE BOOK AND PAY IN ADVANCE

Tour guides are not able to accept payment

Day and time: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11.00 (with some exceptions).

Duration: about 50 minutes

Number of places: 6 (limited until the end of July) In the interests of everyone, we strongly advise the wearing of a mask.

Price: £5.00 special offer in July only, normally Adults £6.00, Concessions £3.00 including children (under 16), students, people in receipt of benefits and current National Lottery ticket holders. (An adult concession requires evidence of qualifying status).

Age restriction: none

Accessibility: accessible throughout 

Refund policy: no refunds or cancellations

On our Roof Tour you will be escorted up a medieval spiral staircase, with 113 steps, to the rafters of the roof. You will be able to take in the view to the north and to the south through our ‘wheel’ windows. You will be shown our treadwheel and the central boss will be lifted to reveal a stunning view of the floor below. All those on the tour will be given a free booklet of the tour as a souvenir of the visit.

PLEASE BOOK AND PAY IN ADVANCE

Tour guides are not able to accept payment

Day and time: Saturdays at 14.00 (please arrive at 13.45 to allow time to sign your agreement to our terms and conditions)

Duration: 1 hour

Number of places: 13

Price: Adult – £10, concession – £5. Concessions include children (8-16), students, people in receipt of benefits and current National Lottery ticket holders. (An adult concession requires evidence of qualifying status).

Age restriction: over 8 years (for insurance reasons) 

Accessibility: please see the terms and conditions below

Refund Policy: no refunds or cancellations

Terms and conditions:

In the interests of everyone, we strongly advise the wearing of a mask.

There are some uneven floor surfaces and suitable footwear should be worn – no open-toed sandals/flip-flops, for safety reasons

There are 113 steps to climb in a narrow space on the roof tour.

Please make your own assessment of your suitability for this tour. It is not recommended for people with heart or breathing problems, or who may suffer from anxiety in narrow spaces. Note: For your safety the tour area is fully enclosed and all areas have secure barriers. 

At their discretion, tour guides may refuse entry on health and safety grounds.

School groups

We welcome school groups and bespoke tours will be discussed with the school organiser to ensure that the required aspects of the curriculum are covered.

Our Youth and Children’s Minister should be contacted to arrange the tour.

The rate for school children on formally booked tours is £2.00 per child for a floor tour. There is no charge for accompanying adults.

After the initial discussion the following booking form should be completed by the school organiser. Please read the Risk Assessment information here.

Other groups

We offer bespoke tours for groups and they are available during our normal opening times (provided no other events or services are taking place). Please book well in advance.

To speak to our Administration Manager, ring 01482 868540.

For groups bringing their own guides a fee of £30 is required in advance and booking is essential.