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St. Mary's Abbey

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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 5 days ago

Must have been a spectacular Abbey when originally built. Information was a little disappointing to try and find. The Museum Gardens also help make this an attractive place to visit, peaceful and ideal for a chill out.

Thank Jo20082018
Reviewed 1 week ago

This abbey is not to be missed in York. The surrounding gardens are gorgeous and it's especially nice to see how people pause during their day to cross through the gardens, take in the abbey, and, in general, have this special place as part of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely walk around the gardens, we saw lots of squirrels and birds all in the lovely surroundings of the old buildings which where very interesting

Thank Gillian S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love escaping from the busy streets around the shops and coming for a picnic in the gardens and around the ruins. They are really beautiful and it makes a wonderful place to unwind

Thank 522sarah104
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came across this unexpectedly as it's not far from the railway station, at the back of the Museum Gardens. Not a great deal left, but quite impressive. It must have been amazing in its day.

Thank cltc43
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the gardens are totally free to enter and are full of amazing things the children can run free also the go up to the river

Thank kevincS3526OZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is not too obvious where to find this place but we were enjoying a walk through that museum gardens when we stumbled upon it. Although a ruin there is some lovely architetcure to be seen

Thank Jan W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really beautiful park with really beautiful architecture ! Btw, the light is perfect on a sunny day to take pictures there !

Thank gabrielgrigoras1990
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my wife's first visit to York and we were on our way to see the Minster. We stopped off and had a look at the beautiful ruins of this Abbey. The scale of it must have been absolutely breathtaking when it was fully...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Abbey is set in lovely gardens and has the Yorkshire museum next to it. Lovely walk in the gardens and nice to see the historical abbey. Nice visit whilst in York.

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