Holy Trinity Church, York, North Yorkshire

Address: 70 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LF
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Open Monday 12.00pm - 4.00pm; Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm; Sunday 12.00pm - 4.00pm
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A glimpse of the Medieval world behind a busy street

Holy Trinity Goodramgate has the air of a hidden treasure. It stands in a small, secluded, leafy churchyard, with the Minster towering behind, tucked away behind Goodramgate - one of York’s busiest shopping streets. To visit, you pass through an 18th-century archway tacked on to buildings that served as artisans’ workshops in the 14th century.

The church itself is full of character. The floors and arcades are charmingly uneven. Light filters through the windows, illuminating honey-coloured stone. The east window especially has marvellous stained glass that was donated in the early 1470s by the Reverend John Walker, rector of the church. On sunny days, transient gems of coloured light are scattered on the walls, and various Medieval faces stare out from the windows.

The building dates chiefly from the 15th century, but has features from its foundation in the 12th century right up to the 19th century. The box pews, unique in York, are exceptionally fine, and an interesting collection of monuments and memorials paint a picture of life in this busy city throughout the ages.

Two boards, with heads shaped like grandfather clocks, record the names of Lord Mayors of the city, including George Hudson, 'The Railway King’, who made York a major railway centre in the 19th century.

Outdoor benches make the churchyard the perfect place for reflection, offering a welcome retreat from the hectic world outside.

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Road directions

In York city centre, off Goodramgate; King's Square and Shambles 200 yards

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: York (0.5 mile). Bus route number 14A.

OS Reference No.

SE 605 522

What’s on & news

What’s on

08/08/14 - 08/08/15 
The Holy Trinity Explorer Cart
26/09/14 - 09/10/14 
Nova Art Group

News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconYorkshire County Guide (PDF, 4.9mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in North, South and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.

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Kirkham Priory

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Comments

  1. Amanda Tate (18 Jul 2011, 13:20)

    I recently visited this beautiful church while on holiday. While there I was admiring the door to the church and Graham White was so kind as to show me the key and let me try the lock myself. It was a wonderful experience and I hope someday I will have the pleasure of visiting again. Thank you again Graham!
    Amanda Tate
    Yuba City, California

  2. Ian Stubbs, Middlesbrough (10 Aug 2011, 08:39)

    A must for any visitor to York or indeed Yorkshire, an overlooked hidden treasure in a city full of religious buildings and history.

    I have a set of pics of the church on Flickr and have linked the information from you and also given a link to your webpage and fundraising telephone number . Here is the set to have a closer look,

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bolckow/sets/72157606784546414/with/2771422742/

    If the organisation would like to use any of the pics pics just ask, Ian

  3. Catherine Hirst (26 Oct 2011, 17:55)

    Absolutely brilliant experience visiting Holy Trinity. Our guide, Euan, was friendly and knowledgable, and took us all round the church explaining the architecture, box pews, beautiful stained glass, and historical significance. We left feeling utterly charmed. It was my favourite experience of my visit to York.

    Catherine Hirst
    London, UK

  4. Anonymous (01 Dec 2011, 21:57)

    We were on holiday in Yorkshire and went to York intending to go to the minster but when we saw how much they were charging and how crowded it was we changed our minds. We came across Holy Trinity by accident and were so impressed and made very welcome. Please keep up the good work and we will set up today an annual donation (gift aided) for you to keep up the good work and we will be looking out for your churches on our travels around the county.
    Jimmy & Heather Pigden.
    Epsom, Surrey

  5. Anonymous (15 Dec 2011, 21:29)

    As a child living in York this was always my favourite place to visit. I was entranced by the box pews and the atmosphere. As a teenager I used to visit regularly in the 1980s just to sit and think quietly about things. I am so glad that the church is still open for people to discover my special place!

  6. Pete Brown (30 Dec 2011, 20:38)

    My wife and I visited this beautiful church in 2006. York is well known for its cathedral, which is a fine edifice, but the Holy Trinity Church is serene and away from the tourist bustle; a quiet sanctuary.
    Pete Brown
    Montréal, Canada

  7. Heather Kennedy (09 Apr 2012, 11:51)

    My fiance and I visited this beautiful church 2012. We were both amazed at the beauty of this church.

    Heather Kennedy
    Manchester, UK

  8. Glenn littlewood (13 May 2012, 21:52)

    This church is a diamond in the crown of York, we found it quite by chance while on honeymoon in may. What a beautiful place for quiet thought and reflection. May it stand for all to see!
    Glenn Littlewood
    Elland West Yorkshire.

  9. Pat O'Halloran (14 May 2012, 15:52)

    I must admit to being disappointed in visiting this church. I was hoping for a quiet visit and to take a few photographs but found the church quite busy. Most visitors seemed to be viewing the somewhat inappropriate display of modern sculpture which I felt was very incongruous in those surroundings. I'll have to go back again at a quieter time and explore a little more.

  10. Carolyn (02 Jun 2012, 22:48)

    I visited this church fabulous with my father on May 2nd 2012 (in the afternoon).

    The very attentive, intelligent young lady was most enlightening regarding the box pews and other historical elements, and from her recommendation visited inside St. Mary's, Whitby. If only all "guides" were as personable and so visibly enamoured of her "work".

    A really great experience!

  11. Mary Brown (15 Aug 2012, 17:01)

    I have visited this beautiful church several times whilst on holiday in York and it was one of my late Mother's favourite places in the city. It is located in a very busy area of York but once you enter the grounds you are transported into a quiet oasis. On my last two visits to York I was on my own and I loved going into Holy Trinity for the peace and serenity. There is such a peaceful, lovely atmosphere about the church and I love the windows and the box pews. I also loved sitting outside feeding the birds. This church really is a gem and not to be missed on a visit to the beautiful city of York

  12. Holly Hayes (08 Oct 2012, 23:21)

    I enjoyed my recent visit to Holy Trinity very much, not least because of the excellent guides, who made me feel very welcome and were very informative. I appreciate the extra vantage points they provided for me to take my photos, and their general friendliness without being overbearing. The church itself is also wonderful, with charmingly crooked box pews, interesting monuments, stained glass, and a peaceful garden location tucked behind the busy shopping streets. Thank you for keeping this interesting church open, and for welcoming fellow church lovers so warmly.

  13. Joanne (31 Dec 2012, 11:38)

    I have visited and enjoyed this church over many many years on visits to this beautiful city. I have recently discovered one of my direct ancestors was christened here in 1801 which means I have another reason to visit once again and take an even more keen interest in this little gem of peace

  14. Sue Kelley (21 Jan 2013, 23:57)

    Yes, I have. In September of 2010, and found it the most charming and historic of all churches I visited at the time. When I was there, I purchased a pair of ceramic mice. I remember a very nice lady making scarves to raise funds for the church. Are scarves still bing made as fundraisers? I live in New Mexico, U.S.A. Best wishes.

  15. Toon (18 May 2013, 14:04)

    To start: my mother tongue is Dutch.
    I readed your 'walk around' in Dutch and I saw some mistakes in de Dutch tekst. I toke a leaflet from your tekst with me, saying to your co-operator: 'I will correct the text';
    But I think it is easyrer if you send me the tekst digital.

  16. Heidi (05 Dec 2013, 19:31)

    I visited this church in 1999 with a group of other students from the US. Our guides from the York Historical Society made sure we didn't miss it. This was my first time visiting an old church and I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of this lovely structure. Walking up the aisle, I realized the engraved stones I was standing on were in memory of people buried there. It sent a shiver up my spine, but also made me appreciate the closeness of the past to the present, and how for centuries buildings like this one have kept that alive for its communities.

  17. Karen Hughes (04 Mar 2014, 16:23)

    This is one of my favourite places in York. It is a little haven of peace. It does help that my lovely daughter volunteers there too. I love it when they have the owls there in the summer.

  18. Claire Walker (08 May 2014, 18:48)

    This is an little gem and worth a visit. It really is a haven of tranquility and you feel you have come across an undiscoverd piece of history.

  19. Julie S (27 May 2014, 20:22)

    Oh so personal and lovely! Visiting here was such a nice change from too many overwhelming cathedrals and abbeys. This church felt peaceful and serene and real. The volunteer who showed us around was wonderful -- enthusiastic, well informed, and obviously proud of the work being done to restore this wonderful place. I hope to visit again in the future.

  20. Heather (27 Sep 2014, 23:18)

    It was beautiful. I loved the boxed pews. The man working there was very knowledgable and answered all our questions. It really was refreshing. There were a lot of unique attributes that this church had that we hadn't seen in others.

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Holy Trinity Church, York, North Yorkshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Access is difficult up some steps from the main road. Easier access from the side road over a grassy churchyard.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.