New attraction gives York Minster a Bank Holiday boost

29 May 2013 @ 3.28 pm
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Issued by York Minster

The new Revealing York Minster attraction has proved a resounding success for York Minster, with an eight per cent increase in visitors over the bank holiday weekend, the first three days of the attraction’s opening.

“This time last year, the country was enjoying the Jubilee celebrations, so our figures for the Spring Bank Holiday in 2012 were very strong. However, this year’s figures are sensational – a full eight per cent increase on last year,” comments Nicola Bexon, Market Director.

“Unusually for a Bank Holiday weekend, we were even facing competition from the stunning weather and the ever-popular York Races, – so to have such a significant increase is a real testament to the widespread appeal of York’s newest attraction.”

The opening of the new attraction will be marked by a visit by York’s new Civic Party and key business leaders tomorrow morning (Thursday 30 May 2013), when the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, hosts a celebratory breakfast incorporating a visit to the Undercroft.

The 2,000 year story brought to life in Revealing York Minster will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of events taking place at York Minster, including a concert Rome In York Minster on 13 July 2013 as part of the York Early Music Festival.

The Undercroft itself will host a talk by Ian Milsted of York Archaeological Trust on 25 June as part of the York Festival of Ideas, when attendees will learn of the detective process that goes into interpreting a diverse range of finds, including those discovered by Ian’s team during archaeological excavations beneath the Undercroft’s floor.

Admission to Revealing York Minster is included in the York Minster admission price, and sits alongside The Orb, a contemporary gallery of medieval masterpieces in stained glass taken from the Great East Window, East End exhibitions on the work of the glaziers and stonemasons and, of course, the wider visit to the Minster, including free tours with superbly knowledgeable guides, and the Chapter House. The new attraction adds a further hour to a visit.

Valid for a full 12 months, admission prices for York Minster are £10.00 for adults and £9.00 for concessions and children get in free with a paying adult.

Revealing York Minster is the latest part to be completed of the £20 million York Minster Revealed project, a five-year project generously supported by a £10.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which incorporates the largest restoration and conservation project of its kind in the UK.

For more information, please visit the York Minster website or call 0844 939 0011.

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