Holy Trinity Church, York, North Yorkshire
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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 eighteenth-century archway tacked on to buildings that served as artisans' workshops in the fourteenth 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 fifteenth century, but has features from its foundation in the twelfth century right up to the nineteenth 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 nineteenth century. Outdoor benches make the churchyard the perfect place for reflection, offering a welcome retreat from the hectic world outside.
21 February 2020 - 23 February 2020
The only surviving remnant of a medieval church
A medieval church with beautiful heraldic glass
An old village church in a quiet rural setting
Access to Holy Trinity via the main entrance on Goodramgate or via Hornpot Lane from Petergate (turning into the alleyway next to Poundland). There is a step up into the churchyard at the Goodramgate churchyard entrance. Wheelchair access is via Petergate next to Poundland. There is a ramp into the church but access to some of the chapels is restricted owing to change of level and steps.
Disabled access information
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
In York city centre, off Goodramgate; King's Square and Shambles 200 yards
Nearest railway station: York (0.5 mile). Bus route number 14A.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.York Holy Trinity Goodramgate - Your Church Tour Yorkshire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in North, South and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
We're always looking for volunteers to help with our visitor welcome at Holy Trinity! If you've got a spare few hours in the week, and are interested in helping to introduce people to York's local heritage, please get in touch with us!
You'll be given a full induction and training, and recieve lots of help and support from our wonderful volunteer team - it's a fantastic opportunity, whether you're looking to launch a career in heritage, learn new facts and skills, or simply meet new people and fill your spare time.
Please contact our Local Community Officer Laura Bonnington on 07392 087023 for further information.
All our North Yorkshire churches are in our North region.
Useful local links:
- Discover North Yorkshire tourism website
- Days out with the kids in North Yorkshire
- North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
- A history of North Yorkshire in 10 objects
- The City of York and District Family History Society
- Family History Section of Yorkshire Archaeological Society
- Yorkshire Archaeological Society
- List of churches in North Yorkshire
- Diocese of York