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St Michael le Belfrey

A special gem, basking in the shadow of York Minster.

York, Yorkshire

Opening times

We are normally open to the public Mondays 1pm to 3pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am to 3pm, Thursdays 11am to 3pm and Fridays 1pm to 3pm.
We strongly advise visitors to check before visiting mid week. as details may change.
Furthermore, we offer services on Wednesdays at 12.30pm and on Sundays at 9am, 11am and 6pm.


High Petergate

The present church building was built between 1525 and 1537 and replaced a church that dated back to at least 1294.

The church is famous for being the place where Guy Fawkes was baptised on 16 April 1570. Fawkes later became a Roman Catholic, and was part of the gang which led the failed Gunpowder Plot in 1605.

The church was also the scene of the wedding of Christopher Levett of York, the English explorer, to Mercy More, daughter of the Revd Robert More of Guiseley, Yorkshire, in 1608. It is also close to the place where the Emperor Constantine was proclaimed Roman Emporer.

The west front and bellcote date from 1867 and were supervised by the architect George Fowler Jones.

The stained glass in St Michael’s is important, we have one of the largest collections of mid 16th century glass in England. The east window (above the reredos) contains a large collection of glass from about 1330. This came from the demolished predecessor of this building.

The church is known as a centre for charismatic revival.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

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