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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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Situated in the grounds of the museum I came across it quite by accident, a happy accident. The ruins of the abbey lie over a fairly large area which make you stand and really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Situated in the grounds of the museum I came across it quite by accident, a happy accident. The ruins of the abbey lie over a fairly large area which make you stand and really look at the remains of the buildings. On looking closely at the stonework you just have to move closer and touch the remains to envisage the... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful kept gardens and fantastic ruins of the Abbey, away from all the hustle and crowds, it's really good for a relaxing stroll

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These ruins are inspiring and evocative at any time of year. On my most recent visit to York, I had the pleasure of walking through the Museum Gardens in the early morning, on a sunny day. It was just the flowers, the Abbey, and me - so tranquil and breathtakingly lovely. The Abbey is a fixture on each visit to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful garden setting for some stunning Abbey ruins. Scattered along the edges of paths are even more worked stones. Standing are the north and west walls, plus fragments. Go into the Yorkshire museum, itself a good place to go, and you get to go below to see even more of the Abbey which would be underground if not there.... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live here. This is one of the Gems of York. A sunny day and it is just spectacular. In The Museum Gardens, it is just such a wonderful sight to see.

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Sandy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in York. The ruins were well worth another visit. We had a relaxing walk around and couldn’t help thinking how beautiful it must have been before Henry VIII ordered all the abbeys to be destroyed. Henry was furious because the Pope refused to let him marry Anne Boleyn.... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although there's not much to see of the remaining Abbey, this whole area is very calm and lovely for a walk. It would be great for a picnic in the warmer months as well. The architecture of the Abbey itself is impressive and very close to all other attractions in the city.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not been in here for a long time but it was well worth visiting again - quiet and crocuses just starting to come out - very pleasant stroll through the gardens onto the riverside

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here a couple of times, mostly for sightseeing. The abbey is just minutes away on foot from the train station. Its located few hundred metres away from the minster. It has some beautiful ruins worth looking at and photographing. There are alot of greens and flowers, too and sometimes. ice cream sellers (if you're lucky!). Its a place for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a tranquil haven in the city centre - surrounded by relaxed gardens. In the summer the Museum Gardens heave with people enjoying the sunshine. Winter - not so much.. But the ruins themselves are beautiful, very photogenic and have the added bonus of the Museum a few steps away, and also the city centre and the Minster just... More 

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