Museum Gardens
Museum Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Yorkshire Museum, home to some of the richest archaeological finds in Europe, is set amidst its own Gardens, which offer picnic areas and scenic walkways.
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  • Vivienne R
    London, United Kingdom58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    At least as good as Whitby Abbey
    The ruins of the abbey in the museum gardens entertained my six year old (and three year old) sons for a surprisingly long time. My six year old was very interested what happened to the abbey to make it ‘wrecked’ and my three year old liked climbing on the ruined pillars. As it was free to enter and there was quite a lot of wall, this is a surprisingly good attraction.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • jetsaver
    Southport, United Kingdom616 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens in peaceful setting,
    The gardens are really lovely housing some very interesting buildings. Our foster grandson loved all the squirrels and took many photos of them. They were lovely to watch. The gardens are so relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, but do have great buildings to see. We had been to the railway museum which is nearby and noticed the gardens. We are glad that we went in and would certainly go there again.
    Hi there, thanks for your review! So glad you and your grandson enjoyed all the wildlife in the Museum Gardens!
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Wendy
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this
    Really lovely! Even in January. I missed this the first time I was in York last year. This time our hotel was on the other end of the gardens and my daughter and I had so much fun looking at the ruins & green space. When we walked back to the hotel at 4:30 pm it was twilight (being January) and everything was especially beautiful, haunting, and evocative in the shadows and glimmering sunset light. The ruins caught my heart and I can’t believe people get to live in a place where such a thing sits for centuries. Beautiful. Well worth including in your visit to York, what a historic treasure.
    Thank you so much for your kind review, we love seeing the ruins all times of year. They are really special, we hope you will be back to visit us again many times in the future!
    Written February 25, 2024
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    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Sam K
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    Great place to visit. The gardens, the church ruins and Museum all full of history. Well worth a visit. The gardens are well maintained by volunteers, the church is a great photo opportunity and the Museum is definitely worth a visit, full of artifacts and history.
    Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind review!! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to us. Do come back and visit us again soon.
    Written February 25, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 15, 2024
  • Windsweptinteresting
    Holyhead, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens
    The most beautiful grounds with stunning, dramatic tulips both in the main gardens and the edible wood. A place to sit and relax with plenty of benches. Close to the river Ouse. Peaceful and Beautiful with historic buildings . Nature is being supported with plants, wood piles for animals and insects, and insect houses. A great way to spend the day.
    Hi there, Thank you very much for this kind review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the gardens, we do hope you will be back to visit again another time soon!
    Written May 19, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 30, 2024
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,690 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The gardens provide a respite from the frenetic activity of the city. We enjoyed a quiet hour or so people watching, eating our picnic and enjoying the hot weather.
We then walked around to see the ruins of the abbey. Like other parts of York it is not very well looked after compared to other city parks but pretty none the less.
Written July 22, 2021
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kateevans7
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Unfortunately a lot of the gardens were flooded but really enjoyed the exhibition that was on at the museum, Medieval York. Fascinating to see the artefacts that have been uncovered in and around York from Roman to Tudor times. Well worth a visit.
Written February 28, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Love visiting Museum Gardens on any trip to York I take, such a relaxing oasis of calm ,lots to see and enjoy, its just an extremely popular destination to check out if you're planning a trip to York.
Walking along Museum Street into Museum Gardens you have the wonderful Water Drinking Fountain and the ruins of the medieval St Leonards Hospital plus the Waterworks Engine House Building, the grounds in these gardens are well kept ,nice pathways and benches to sit and chill out in ,the old ruins of St Mary's Abbey look cool and you can see the beautiful St Olave's Church here ,you also have the very impressive York Museum and York Observatory in the grounds, we visited here on a Tuesday afternoon, roasting hot, my twin brother Stephen and I had a picnic in the gardens ,loved our visit here and when we are back in York ,very soon hopefully we will revisit it again.
Most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written July 27, 2021
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK1,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
As the Museum Gardens is near where we stay, we walk through it more than once but we always make sure that we set time aside for a "proper" visit as well.

The ruins of St. Mary's Abbey are within the gardens and well worth a look. There are some other interesting historical feature including some Roman sarcophagi tucked away on one area and the Medieval Hospitium that is now largely used for weddings. It is possible to see into the graveyard of the small but fascinating Church of St. Olave's which is practically next to one of the entrances on the Abbey side.

It is lovely garden to just sit and relax and for children to play. It is an ideal picnic spot.

Our favourite part of all is the Edible Garden / Wood which is packed with interesting plants and wonderful smells.

Like many other visitors we find the squirrels endearing and next time we go we intend to do the Squirrel Trail even though we know that it doesn't actually involve the actual squirrels.

It is very convenient for other sites and experiences including York Minster, the walls, the Yorkshire Museum and the Tour Bus.
Written July 16, 2022
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Thank you so much for your thoughtful review, Val! The gardens really are packed with interesting things to see. I hope you will visit us again soon!
Written August 3, 2022
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Docs On Vacay
Malaysia2,908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Can you spot the 'ghosts' in these pictures? 👻
In this park, cleverly installed by artists are 'ghosts', which is in line with York's theme of being the most haunted city in the world. 'Haunted' is a term most nonchalantly used here. I stick with the word 'serene'. 🌸

York Museum Gardens is located in the heart of York, just next to the River Ouse.
The ruins in the pictures, St Mary's Abbey, have lasted a millennium - since 1088.
Truly, York is a quaint city filled with history and lore. 🏰
Written November 4, 2022
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Thanks for your helpful and kind review! We love to hear that you found the ghosts and the gardens serene - and a little bit spooky! Hope you will visit us again soon.
Written November 9, 2022
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Emma
York, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Nice ice cream van just through the main gates and they do Vegan!!! We found a bench and took a seat and enjoyed the bustle of people coming and going. They had a bird of prey event where we saw the birds and you could pay to hold them and have pictures taken. The museum was closed on this day.
Written August 10, 2021
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bgunnarb
Solna, Sweden243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As most English gardens, well kept and the place to sit down and just admire the river passing by. Just this day we happened to come as the Royal Salute in the honour of HM the Queen was held at noon. Not an occasion to be missed if you have the opportunity. Impressive show by the Yorkshire Regiment!
Written February 7, 2020
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E17_KJ
London, UK1,273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Beautiful garden to sit and relax with a picnic. Plenty of space for social distancing, amongst the lovely trees, and just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

Be warned, if you’re there with children, there are no climbing on the trees and this is strictly enforced.
Written August 23, 2020
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kittysk6
Stockport, UK236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Another fab year of ghost hunting.
Beautiful gardens especially in the autumn. And we do love to visit while the Ghosts as here.
The Abbey ruins provide a beautiful backdrop.
Always on our to do list when we visit, highly recommend a pleasant stroll through the gardens any time of year in and weather
Written October 29, 2022
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Thanks so much for your lovely review! We are so happy to hear that the Ghosts in the Garden has become an annual tradition for you. We hope you will visit us again soon!
Written November 9, 2022
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Claudia S
Ratingen, Germany454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Lovely surrounding, historic remains, flowers, trees, bushes, near the river, lots of benches to take a break and still so near to the centre. In October there were exhibits of " ghosts" to be seen. Statues of bishops, ladies, monks etc made of see-through material set under trees, in flower beds and on the grass. Interesting!
Written October 30, 2022
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We are so glad you found your visit to the gardens restful and interesting! The ghosts definitely added a bit of fun this autumn!
Written November 9, 2022
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