This medieval church in York's city centre is open every day whether you want to look around, spend some quiet time in prayer or meditation, or attend a service.

St Helen Stonegate is right in the historic city centre of York, on St Helen's Square facing the Guildhall and Mansion House. To one side of the church is the famous Betty's café, on the other Stonegate leading to the Minster. We are normally open every day. 

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About us

St Helen is a Church of England parish church. Founded perhaps a thousand years ago on a site important in Roman times, it was one of many small churches in the city centre. Today the church serves a variety of purposes, not only a place of worship but a stop for York's many thousands of visitors and a venue for cultural events.  The Church Facebook page can be found here.

Regular Worship on Saturdays and Tuesdays

There is a service every Saturday at noon, either a Eucharist or a service with readings and hymns: most are Celtic inspired.  

Taize services are held on Tuesdays at 4.30pm - join us for coffee from 4pm 

We also hold services on mid-week Feast Days and other special occasions. Details can be found on the church noticeboards.

We welcome enquiries for weddings and blessings. 


St Helen's is a venue for many and varied concerts. A separate progrtamme of events can be found on this site.

Our partners

St Helen has been united with St Martin Coney Street for many years. We share a priest in charge with All Saints Pavement, St Denys,St Olave, Holy Trinity Micklegate and St Lawrence. She is Revd Jane Nattrass who can be contacted on 07568 530503 or   

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