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YorkCard Holders Get Free Access to York Minster

York Minster

1:21pm 21st May 2014

York Explore Libraries and Archives is delighted to announce a new partnership between YorkCard and York Minster which allows residents free entry to one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals. 

Anyone living within the City of York boundary is entitled to apply for a YorkCard, costing just £3 a year. Besides acting as a library card and giving access to a wealth of service and items to borrow, it gives free entry to the Yorkshire Museum, Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and St Mary’s Church. It also entitles residents to significant discounts at leisure facilities across York, plus attractions including the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Chocolate Story (Sundays only), York Dungeon, Barley Hall and the Micklegate Bar Museum. 

Now, adding to the card’s existing offer, free access to the Minster is a significant bonus and will allow YorkCard holders free entry to the main areas of the Minster including the Undercroft and the Orb. Visits to the tower or to concerts will need to be paid for at the regular prices.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “The Minster is a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history and its vast spaces brought to life with the glory of worship and heavenly music. Its participation in the YorkCard scheme is a new major benefit for York Explore members and council tax payers, as adult visitors would expect to pay £10 admission to see this, one the world’s great architectural treasures.”

Fiona Williams, Chief Executive of York Explore Libraries and Archives Mutual Ltd, said: “Explore plans to extend and improve the YorkCard offer for York residents and it is wonderful to be able to work with the Minster in this way.”

"It is wonderful to be supporting the YorkCard scheme, and we hope that many York residents who haven't visited for a while take the opportunity to come and see everything that has changed over the last few years,” comments Nicola Bexon, marketing director for York Minster. “This provides free admission not only to the cathedral itself, but also the Orb - a chance to see some of the medieval artwork from the Great East Window up close - and our new underground interactive visitor attraction, Revealing York Minster, which celebrates the first anniversary of its opening next week. All residents need to do is to show their YorkCard at the admissions desks, and they can enjoy the Minster at their leisure - and will hopefully bring back any visiting friends or relatives for a visit in the future.”

To secure a YorkCard for the first time, join York Explore Libraries and Archives by visiting any library (excluding Rowntree Park Reading Cafe) or submitting an online membership form in advance of your visit. You’ll be given a credit card-sized card that  allows access to the services of York Explore Libraries and Archives Mutual Ltd as well as the benefits listed above.

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