Destination: BRITAIN

* Fairfax House
* Jorvik
* Merchant Adventurers' Hall
* National Railway Museum
* York Castle Museum
* York Art Gallery
* York Minster
* Yorkshire Museum
York Minster

York cathedral's present foundations were laid by the Normans in the 12th century. A visit to the Minster is a historical experience as well as a religious one; the walls are crowded with dramatic monuments and the architectural features are superb.

Past the broad introductory nave is the central crossing, where north and south transepts, nave and choir all meet below the soaring vaulted roof of the central tower, 200 feet above. The choir is full of intricate design and ornamentation. At the east end of the church you will find the Lady Chapel and the great East Window - as big as a tennis court and the largest medieval stained-glass window in the world.

Also visit the intriguing Crypt where the pillars are from the original Norman church. In the Chapter House, look for the wickedly irreverent figures of priests and prelates scattered among the carvings above the encircling stalls. The Undercroft has displays of Roman and Norman remains and church silver.

Consider climbing the 275 spiral steps of the great 234-foot tower, but do so only if you're in good physical condition; it can prove to be a small Everest for some.

Address: Minster Yard
Phone: 01904 557216
Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-6, Sun. noon-6, Apr.-Oct.; Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5:30, Sun. noon-5:30, rest of year. Undercroft, treasury and crypt: last entry at 5 p.m.
Restaurant: Minster restaurant/café
Admission: £2-£6. Chapter House, Undercroft (including treasury and Crypt) and tower less than £2
Info: Free tours. Closed to visitors during major services

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