York Minster Bells to Sound for New Year’s Eve 2023-24
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York Minster Bells to Sound for New Year’s Eve 2023-24

In past years thousands of people have gathered outside York’s most well-known to wish each other well for the year to follow. But in recent years the chimes of the bells fell silent due to the pandemic. In 2020 the tradition was put on hold due to fears over Covid. The bells fell silent again in 2021, before returning in 2022. And this year they will ring once again at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

A spokesperson for York Minster told The Press: “People have been gathering at York Minster to celebrate the New Year for decades if not longer.  We would just ask people to keep safe and enjoy the occasion.” The Minster’s website states that the Minster’s bell ringers will ring in the new year “as the clock strikes midnight”. Cllr Michael Pavlovic, City of York Council’s executive member for housing, planning and safer communities, said the council welcomed residents and visitors celebrating the New Year in York and also called for them to do so safely.


Bars and restaurants around the Minster are expected to be packed on New Year’s Eve as people in York celebrate. A New Year’s Eve Ball will take place in the Assembly Rooms, in Blake Street. It is being organised by events company Noble Happenings, with tickets starting at £175. The ball is being delivered by the same team that produced the sell-out Coronation Ball held in May, which saw hundreds of people on the waiting list for tickets and was listed by international leisure firm Time Out as one of the best Coronation events in Britain.