Date: 10th June 2022
Travelled: 0 kms just walking around York, Yorkshire.
Visited: York Minster
Stayed: Caravan + Motorhome Club, York, £51 pn, N53.95100, W01.07940
Budget: 16 days @ €142 per day
Another quiet and comfortable evening passes in what must be England’s most expensive campsite. Feeling a little better this morning so we’ll visit York Minster today.
Once again we cross the River Ouse passing Clifford’s Tower and into the Old Town. We leave the traffic behind as most of the streets in here don’t allow cars during the day.
Finding York Minster isn’t difficult at 160m in length, 69m wide and 72m high, it’s hard to miss. But a bit more difficult to photograph. The surrounding building and trees make a photo of the whole cathedral impossible with my iPhone. The picture above is merely the South Transept.
If your interested the link I have provided above gives some excellent insight into the history of the building. York Minster’s proper title is ’The Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of Saint Peter in York’. Considered one of the largest of its type in northern Europe. It was completed in 1472, having been severely damaged by fire and re-built several times since then. If that’s its name why is it called York Minster ? Well it was originally a missionary teaching church on the pilgrims route, the title is now honorific.
We pay £12.50 pp entry and jump straight into a tour that’s just commencing.
Our guided tour concludes at the Great East Window (above), completed in 1408, it’s considered the largest medieval stained glass window in England. The window cost £50 of which £10 was a bonus for completing it within 3 years. So we wander down to the crypt for a quick look.
We’ve made a day out of our visit to York Minster. The guided tour was free, but really interesting and our guide obviously passionate about the Cathedral and its history. I’m glad to be walking home back across the river to the Hymer. We stop at a local butcher for some lamb loin chops for dinner, which proved to be well short of what we considered a nice lamb chop.
All that aside we enjoyed our day and look forward to tomorrow’s adventure.
Michael + Pam