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St. Mary's Abbey: Tours & Tickets

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William II laid the foundation to this abbey during the 11th century, which became known as the most powerful and wealthiest monastery in the North of England at that time.
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Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
+44 1904 687687
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Reviewed yesterday

Very nice historic ruin in a lovely park setting. Definitely worth checking this out if in the area.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ThatAndyGuy
Reviewed 5 days ago

Full of history and fabulous foliage. The gardens were beautiful and the abbey ruins as well as the St Leonards hospital ruins and the Roman tower within the museum gardens made for beautiful photo ops. Don't forget to visit St Olave's 15th century church as...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank PAMOM365
Reviewed 1 week ago

The remaining walls of this Abbey inspire your imagination to walk back in time. Definitely worth a brief stop.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MelodyS_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful grounds and evocative setting. Lots of little hidden historical gems. We did not visit the inside of the museum but impressive from the outside.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank miiikeee101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a little gem tucked away in the Memorial Gardens. Very disappointingly whilst there is an information board, it gives very very little information about the history of St Mary's. Access to the graveyard would have been good.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Michael P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a shame that there is not much left of this place! Really peaceful place - enjoyed every moment there!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Gary_1201
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

St Mary's Abbey are an amazing set of ruins located in the wonderful Museum Gardens. Walking around this wonderful tranquil park and garden area theres so much to see ,the Observatory, Yorkshire Museum ,Hospitium and the Multangular Tower plus the ruins and to me St...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank 293neilk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first found this place when York 4 years ago, we stumbles upon it whilst walking the walls and simply enjoyed the gardens and ruins. Really pretty and easy to find.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank robertas916
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ruins of St Mary's Abbey stand at one end of the Museum Gardens. They make for a rather wistful reminder of the pre-reformation era and their Gothic arches hark back to centuries ago. It's a lovely spot, and usually the quieter part of the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Matthew H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

These ruins are amazing. Besides the remaining wall, there are parts of the abbey still sticking up all through the gardens, and even underneath the nearby Yorkshire Museum (which is worth every penny itself, with the history of Yorkshire well exhibited). Just wander about and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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August 12, 2019|
Response from 121heatherp | Reviewed this property |
Great Place !!
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February 3, 2016|
Response from pauljohngriffiths |
Open during daylight hours and free (well I have been a few times at different times and never paid, or was asked to pay). A lovely place to visit...!
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