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“The majestic Minster may dominate the skyline but this architecturally stunning small church holds its own!”

Church of St. Michael le Belfrey
Ranked #46 of 200 things to do in York
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Owner description: Built between 1525 and 1536 during the period of English Reformation, this historic church stands majestically alongside York Minster.
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“The majestic Minster may dominate the skyline but this architecturally stunning small church holds its own!”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

St Michael-Le-Belfrey, the local community parish church, is located on High Petergate, just next to the majestic York Minster. Whilst the Minster certainly dominates, surprisingly the Belfry holds its own with its unique architecture featuring among other aspects a beautiful bell tower at the front.

It stands in the Minster's shadow but the way it sits on the lot makes it feel light and airy. This church has been here since the 1500’s and there is no consensus on whether a building stood on this site earlier, though there were church buildings in the area since 627. No one really knows why it is called ‘Le Belfrey’ – it could refer to the Minster’s belfry or possibly to an older church on the same site which had a bell tower.

You get an up-close and personal view of St. Michael Le Belfrey and its beautiful stained glass windows while sitting across the road at Guy Fawkes Inn, which was where the famous gunpowder plot conspirator was born, and interestingly, he was baptised in this same church opposite his house in the year of his birth 1570.

There are a few benches opposite, which is a nice spot to sit and relax for a few moments after walking historic York and the Shambles while appreciating the exterior beauty of this small church.

Visited October 2013
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“THE SERENITY IS TOUCHING”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Anglican Church in the wonderful city of York, situated directly next to the Minster in the heart of the city, the church is famous for being the place where Guy Fawkes was christened in 1570. Popped into the church while in York and found it extremely interesting. Unlike the Minster it is free to look round and is full of religious wonder and contains marvelous stain glass windows. All in all, it’s extremely tranquil, the volunteers are very friendly and the serenity is touching.

Visited June 2014
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“BEAUTIFUL SMALL CHURCH NEXT TO YORK MINSTER...”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

The two female volunteers of the church greeted me warmly as I entered this church. They were giving out a handout that tells the brief history of the church which started as a chapel for the York Minster. In addition to giving out the handouts, both ladies answered my questions related to this church: hours of operations/services, their members, etc.

Decorations and items on display inside the church were added at various time periods. They include pillars, reredos, Lord's Prayer, Apostles' Creed, memorials, etc.

There is no entrance fee for this small church. Visit it to say hello to the nice female volunteers and admire their church.

Visited May 2014
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“Great church”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

I had to see where Guy Fawkes was baptised, this church is near the York Minister and has similar architecture, definitely worth the visit.

Visited March 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Lovely”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Wonderful church so much history. I love looking at older buildings in York. Nothing quite so old in Halifax Nova Scotia that I know of at least.

Visited February 2014
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