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St. Mary's Abbey

Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
+44 1904 687687
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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
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"museum gardens"
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"beautiful ruins"
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"yorkshire museum"
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"henry viii"
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"lovely park"
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"sunny day"
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"york museum"
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"open to the public"
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"photo opportunities"
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"lovely place to visit"
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"worth a visit"
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"city centre"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Right by the University of York, Department of Archaeology, these Norman ruins are highly underrated in my opinion. It's totally free to walk around and take pictures, with an adjacent garden that is quite beautiful. The surrounding area does not have as many tourists, and...More

Thank Jonathan W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a shame that this isn’t better preserved, to the extent that it can no longer be used for liturgical purposes. Nonetheless, it is one of the most famous medieval artifacts in York and beyond so must-go for archaeologists and general history fans. It is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey that was once the richest abbey in the north of England. It was founded in 1089 and dates back to between 1270 and 1294. Only the north and west walls remain and part of the nave is...More

Thank Angela C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fond memories of walking round here as child added to my experience. I love old abbeys. Great ruins to see

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed a quick walk round here and it was so unexpected too to find it. It's set in the Yorkshire Museum Gardens between our hotel just outside the city walls and the centre of York. Ruins themselves are impressive and within the quiet,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss these when visiting York. A casual stroll through the surrounding park and taking in these ruins is a must do when in York!

Thank ALeJune
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a lovely little quiet area in an otherwise very busy city. We stumbled upon it while walking into York this weekend. I have spent quite a few weekends there and this is the first time I have seen it. Definitely worth a wander...More

Thank KH2691
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely worth going on the free walking tour that starts at Exhibition Square, 1.15pm sharp everyday, because our guide Helen showed us through the Museum Gardens, pointing out the river, the Hospitium and St Mary's Abbey. I'm sure its very picturesque during summer. Was interesting...More

Thank Natasha H
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Was very nice to see but that's all it is. We had my brother giving us all the history which made it a lot more interesting. If you go without someone who knows all about it then you are just looking at a derelict building.

Thank Sam H
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

A relatively peaceful haven close to the busy city centre. It can become busy with tourists around the Abbey, especially in summer where many people come to picnic or relax on the well manicured lawns. Lovely place for photo opportunities against the ruined walls of...More

Thank LamplighterYork
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