Travel back 2,000 years at Revealing York Minster

York, North Yorkshire

See, touch and hear two millennia of history at this big new interactive attraction in the grand Gothic cathedral’s Undercroft.

One of the world’s loveliest Gothic cathedrals and certainly England’s biggest, York Minster dominates the city below it and houses countless treasures in its atmospheric depths. Venture down into its underground chambers to find the new attraction called Revealing York Minster.

Here you can explore clever interactive galleries combining ancient craftsmanship, recent excavations and cutting-edge science to tell the site’s 2,000-year history.

Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and see their excavated barracks. Discover why York claims to be the birthplace of Christianity in Europe. Admire a Viking lord’s 1,000-year-old carved elephant tusk, and explore ancient illuminated manuscripts. Upstairs, gaze on the world’s largest medieval stained-glass window, often called the English Sistine Chapel, then climb the narrow twisting staircase to the parapet and experience the sensational views. The cathedral is a short walk across the river from York Train Station, which is a 3 hour journey north of London.

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