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St. Mary's Abbey

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Address: Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
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William II laid the foundation to this abbey during the 11th century, which...

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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Impressive ruins.

Situated near the Museum these remains of a 13th century Abbey are quite impressive. As explained by our guide it was one of the wealthiest and most powerful Abbeys of its time... read more

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Situated near the Museum these remains of a 13th century Abbey are quite impressive. As explained by our guide it was one of the wealthiest and most powerful Abbeys of its time and the Abbot exercised considerable authority raising taxes etc.

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Hartlepool, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place to visit if weather is good! In The quite place of the museum gardens!! Enjoy Your Visit!! 😊

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The ruins here are not the most interesting, possibly because they are overawed by the surroundings. They are set within the Exhibition Gardens which itself is an excellent place to visit. You can also access the walk beside the river on one side; on the far side is a beautiful old church (which many people miss); and inside the gardens... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After checking in at our York hotel, I just wanted to go exploring. Within a few minutes, I came across this marvellous old abbey. Being warm spring afternoon, these gardens were quite busy. Not just by tourists, but locals as well. All the spring daffodils out in bloom made this a picturesque spot.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a small ruin but it has so many great photo opportunities. It is free and can be found in the Museum Gardens to the left of the Museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place to sit and recharge after busy time seeing the sights. Busy on the day visited, big worth a visit.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well preserved, nice you can get up close and explore. Lovely ruins that are tucked away at the back of the gardens. Lovely attraction and free to see.

Thank Cathy W
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On visiting the museum you exit right and the Abbey is a short walk, its not particularly advertised but is a lovely place to visit and walk around the ruins and explore, it would have been impressive in its day, the gardens that surround it are also very pleasant to walk around, well worth visiting, but there is little explaining... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely attraction to visit when visiting the Yorkshire Museum especially when it's fine weather. The gardens and Abbey ruins make a beautiful visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely attraction in the Yorkshire museum gardens so totally free to have a roam around was so nice exploring this and the gardens in the sunshine with lots of wildlife and lovely maintained gardens beautiful lovely just to have a nice sit and relax to

Thank Lorna H

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