Minster teams up with York Card to give residents free entry

From left, Councillor Sonja Crisp, Victoria Pierce, from York Explore, and Chris Collingwood, Canon Chancellor at York Minster at the launch of the free entry scheme to the Minster for Yorkcard members

Pupils from Tang Hall Primary School join York Minster's community engagement officer Helen Moore (centre left) and freelance artist Griselda Goldsbrough at the launch of York Schools Go Free.

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More visitors are on the cards for York Minster under two new schemes to give residents and children free entry.

Cathedral bosses have teamed up with the York Card scheme so anyone living in the city limits can save £10 a visit.

The Minster has also launched its York Schools Go Free initiative to give free access to pupils from nurseries, and schools in York.

The York Card can already be used for free entry to a number of attractions including Yorkshire Museum, Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and St Mary’s Church.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The Minster’s participation is a new major benefit for York Explore members and council tax payers.

“Adult visitors would expect to pay £10 admission to see this, one of the world’s great architectural treasures.”

The move is part of plans by the city library service York Explore to extend and improve the York Card package of offers.

Chief Executive Fiona Williams said: “It is wonderful to be able to work with the Minster in this way.”

Minster Marketing Director Nicola Bexton added: “We hope 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.”

The free admission applies not only to the cathedral, but also the Orb - a chance to see some of the medieval artwork from the Great East Window up close.

The offer also covers the 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 York Card 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,” she added.

Anyone living within the City of York boundary can apply for a York Card for £3 a year.

Visits to the tower or to concerts will need to be paid for at the regular prices.

Children from Tang Hall Primary School joined members of York Minster’s learning team to mark the launch of the schools scheme yesterday.

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11:07am Thu 22 May 14

YorkSeptic says...

Disgraceful that they charge to get into a church, perhaps they should also augument their income by running foreign currency exchanges and money lending businesses in the atrium?
Disgraceful that they charge to get into a church, perhaps they should also augument their income by running foreign currency exchanges and money lending businesses in the atrium? YorkSeptic
  • Score: -1

11:23am Thu 22 May 14

piaggio1 says...

No need running currency exchange. S
Think the c of e n tothers have a **** sight more money swilling round .
They just wont spend it.......
No need running currency exchange. S Think the c of e n tothers have a **** sight more money swilling round . They just wont spend it....... piaggio1
  • Score: 3

11:35am Thu 22 May 14

MouseHouse says...

religion!
religion! MouseHouse
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Thu 22 May 14

Oaklands Resident says...

Something wrong here.

Entrance to the Minster for York residents (and those attending services) has been free since charges were introduced about 20 years ago. You just needed to provide proof of residency (e.g. a utilities bill).

Nothing new here so why is Mrs Crisp featured? I thought that York libraries were run by an independent "social enterprise" organisation now?

..........& just maintaining the fabric of the Minster costs over £1 million a year. It is fair that visitors should make a contribution towards conserving this important building.
Something wrong here. Entrance to the Minster for York residents (and those attending services) has been free since charges were introduced about 20 years ago. You just needed to provide proof of residency (e.g. a utilities bill). Nothing new here so why is Mrs Crisp featured? I thought that York libraries were run by an independent "social enterprise" organisation now? ..........& just maintaining the fabric of the Minster costs over £1 million a year. It is fair that visitors should make a contribution towards conserving this important building. Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 12

12:56pm Thu 22 May 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

So there's finally a reason to replace my lapsed York Card? (Convenience, mostly, since I don't want to carry a utility bill around with me!). Oh, wait, will they accept my Driving License?

(It still irks me that I have to pay the Council for a card saying I'm a resident anyway, in order to get the benefits of services I'm already subsidising. Not the Minster, obviously.)
So there's finally a reason to replace my lapsed York Card? (Convenience, mostly, since I don't want to carry a utility bill around with me!). Oh, wait, will they accept my Driving License? (It still irks me that I have to pay the Council for a card saying I'm a resident anyway, in order to get the benefits of services I'm already subsidising. Not the Minster, obviously.) MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Thu 22 May 14

truthwillout2014 says...

MarkyMarkMark wrote:
So there's finally a reason to replace my lapsed York Card? (Convenience, mostly, since I don't want to carry a utility bill around with me!). Oh, wait, will they accept my Driving License?

(It still irks me that I have to pay the Council for a card saying I'm a resident anyway, in order to get the benefits of services I'm already subsidising. Not the Minster, obviously.)
how are you subsidising the services at the Minster
[quote][p][bold]MarkyMarkMark[/bold] wrote: So there's finally a reason to replace my lapsed York Card? (Convenience, mostly, since I don't want to carry a utility bill around with me!). Oh, wait, will they accept my Driving License? (It still irks me that I have to pay the Council for a card saying I'm a resident anyway, in order to get the benefits of services I'm already subsidising. Not the Minster, obviously.)[/p][/quote]how are you subsidising the services at the Minster truthwillout2014
  • Score: -6

1:16pm Thu 22 May 14

marvell says...

Old news dressed up as new.

Door staff have been letting in York residents with a York card for well over a year - it just hasn't been publicised. Also - as has already been said - if you took a utility bill they gave you a special card anyway to get you free entry.

As for what that model incompetent Cllr Crisp is doing in the picture...
Old news dressed up as new. Door staff have been letting in York residents with a York card for well over a year - it just hasn't been publicised. Also - as has already been said - if you took a utility bill they gave you a special card anyway to get you free entry. As for what that model incompetent Cllr Crisp is doing in the picture... marvell
  • Score: -16

2:20pm Thu 22 May 14

BigJon says...

I've had a 'Minster Card' for some years now that allowed me free entry to the Minster, and all I had to do to get one is show proof that I lived in York. The last time I visited though I was told the card scheme had been stopped but all I would have to do in future is reshow proof of residence, ie driving licence, and I'd get free admission. Don't see what the big story is therefor that Yorkcard holders get free admission when they would've got free admission anyway if they had asked for it......Seems like the only story is that the Minster is saving money by not having to administer their own card scheme any longer.....
I've had a 'Minster Card' for some years now that allowed me free entry to the Minster, and all I had to do to get one is show proof that I lived in York. The last time I visited though I was told the card scheme had been stopped but all I would have to do in future is reshow proof of residence, ie driving licence, and I'd get free admission. Don't see what the big story is therefor that Yorkcard holders get free admission when they would've got free admission anyway if they had asked for it......Seems like the only story is that the Minster is saving money by not having to administer their own card scheme any longer..... BigJon
  • Score: -2

2:57pm Thu 22 May 14

BigJon says...

truthwillout2014 wrote:
MarkyMarkMark wrote:
So there's finally a reason to replace my lapsed York Card? (Convenience, mostly, since I don't want to carry a utility bill around with me!). Oh, wait, will they accept my Driving License?

(It still irks me that I have to pay the Council for a card saying I'm a resident anyway, in order to get the benefits of services I'm already subsidising. Not the Minster, obviously.)
how are you subsidising the services at the Minster
If you read the end of the post he says "Not the Minster, ovviously"
[quote][p][bold]truthwillout2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkyMarkMark[/bold] wrote: So there's finally a reason to replace my lapsed York Card? (Convenience, mostly, since I don't want to carry a utility bill around with me!). Oh, wait, will they accept my Driving License? (It still irks me that I have to pay the Council for a card saying I'm a resident anyway, in order to get the benefits of services I'm already subsidising. Not the Minster, obviously.)[/p][/quote]how are you subsidising the services at the Minster[/p][/quote]If you read the end of the post he says "Not the Minster, ovviously" BigJon
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Thu 22 May 14

David of York says...

Sorry to be picky but how does paying £3 (for a York Card) constitute being "free"?
Sorry to be picky but how does paying £3 (for a York Card) constitute being "free"? David of York
  • Score: 4

5:59pm Thu 22 May 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

York Minster attracts more than 490,000 visitors annually, while Durham Cathedral welcomes 600,000 visitors each year and Bath Abbey alone would make the top 50 attractions, welcoming 420,000 visitors a year.

Durham Cathedral, free with voluntary donations (22% more visitors)

Bath Abbey, welcomes all visitors and invites a donation of £2.50 per adult.

York Minster Family admission - 1 adult + up to 4 children £10, 2 adults + up to 4 children £20, Adult £10, Seniors or Students £9
York Minster attracts more than 490,000 visitors annually, while Durham Cathedral welcomes 600,000 visitors each year and Bath Abbey alone would make the top 50 attractions, welcoming 420,000 visitors a year. Durham Cathedral, free with voluntary donations (22% more visitors) Bath Abbey, welcomes all visitors and invites a donation of £2.50 per adult. York Minster Family admission - 1 adult + up to 4 children £10, 2 adults + up to 4 children £20, Adult £10, Seniors or Students £9 YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -27

8:03pm Thu 22 May 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
York Minster attracts more than 490,000 visitors annually, while Durham Cathedral welcomes 600,000 visitors each year and Bath Abbey alone would make the top 50 attractions, welcoming 420,000 visitors a year.

Durham Cathedral, free with voluntary donations (22% more visitors)

Bath Abbey, welcomes all visitors and invites a donation of £2.50 per adult.

York Minster Family admission - 1 adult + up to 4 children £10, 2 adults + up to 4 children £20, Adult £10, Seniors or Students £9
All facts you Mark-Down Mongrel, unlike your score adjusting.

More facts to come from the elections (Euro and Council), next year York.

See what you can do about those facts when they are published, the only person your kidding is yourself Mr Thickie.
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: York Minster attracts more than 490,000 visitors annually, while Durham Cathedral welcomes 600,000 visitors each year and Bath Abbey alone would make the top 50 attractions, welcoming 420,000 visitors a year. Durham Cathedral, free with voluntary donations (22% more visitors) Bath Abbey, welcomes all visitors and invites a donation of £2.50 per adult. York Minster Family admission - 1 adult + up to 4 children £10, 2 adults + up to 4 children £20, Adult £10, Seniors or Students £9[/p][/quote]All facts you Mark-Down Mongrel, unlike your score adjusting. More facts to come from the elections (Euro and Council), next year York. See what you can do about those facts when they are published, the only person your kidding is yourself Mr Thickie. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -59

11:19pm Thu 22 May 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
Something wrong here.

Entrance to the Minster for York residents (and those attending services) has been free since charges were introduced about 20 years ago. You just needed to provide proof of residency (e.g. a utilities bill).

Nothing new here so why is Mrs Crisp featured? I thought that York libraries were run by an independent "social enterprise" organisation now?

..........& just maintaining the fabric of the Minster costs over £1 million a year. It is fair that visitors should make a contribution towards conserving this important building.
Exactly, another non-story.
I had a free Minster Card for years which as a York resident allowed me free entry most of the time. This was ! confiscated " by Minster staff a short time ago with the excuse that these were being passed on to non residents, however I am still able to obtain free access by showing evidence that I am a resident by showing my Bus Pass or York Library Card.
I appreciate that the Minster needs cash so I make a donation occasionally.
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: Something wrong here. Entrance to the Minster for York residents (and those attending services) has been free since charges were introduced about 20 years ago. You just needed to provide proof of residency (e.g. a utilities bill). Nothing new here so why is Mrs Crisp featured? I thought that York libraries were run by an independent "social enterprise" organisation now? ..........& just maintaining the fabric of the Minster costs over £1 million a year. It is fair that visitors should make a contribution towards conserving this important building.[/p][/quote]Exactly, another non-story. I had a free Minster Card for years which as a York resident allowed me free entry most of the time. This was ! confiscated " by Minster staff a short time ago with the excuse that these were being passed on to non residents, however I am still able to obtain free access by showing evidence that I am a resident by showing my Bus Pass or York Library Card. I appreciate that the Minster needs cash so I make a donation occasionally. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 2

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