443. York Minster

What is York Minster?

It's the second-largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It was built from 1220 to rival Canterbury (the archbishop of York is the second most important title in the Church of England after the archbishop of Canterbury).

What's York Minster like?

It's very impressive. It's mind-blowing to think that it was even conceived of in the 13th century, never mind built.

Where is York Minster?

York, England

When did we go?

October 2011

How did we get there? 

We went to York on the train from London, stayed overnight, and visited the Minster. We then hired a car and drove out to Goathland for two nights and Whitby for one night.

Worth noting 

York itself is well worth a visit - it has fantastic history involving Vikings and Romans and much more besides.

Where was York Minster in the 2015 Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List?

189. It dropped 254 places.

Does York Minster deserve its lower place in the Lonely Planet 2020 Top 500?

I'm very surprised that it dropped so much, but Canterbury Cathedral was removed altogether so it's probably lucky!