St Wilfrid

St Wilfrid's Catholic Church is known as the Mother Church of the city of York.

About this church

It is also the first Catholic church to be constructed there, built in the Gothic Revival style in 1862-64 near a former Catholic chapel established in 1742.

The arch over the main door has the most detailed Victorian carving in the city, and the tower, visible around much of York, is designed to appear taller than York Minster in the background, even though it is not.

The church is also rich in sculpture, paintings and stained glass.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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