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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
Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
+44 1904 687687
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
Reviewed 6 days ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stumbled on this ruin looking for the city walls. It's surprising peaceful here. The Yorkshire museum is also located in the ground. It would be a lovely place for a picnic and let the kids run around

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great spot to take some photos. The backdrop of the ruins make for a great image. The Abbey was torn down during Henry VIII's reformation. The ruins you see is what is left of the Abbey - although you will see bits...More

Thank JeffroNZ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All of York is really quite something, and this adds to the list! So fun to walk around and see all the history still standing. York also really plays to its history and does a great job of recreating it and preserving it. Loved it!...More

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 27 November 2017

OK, I've seen a lot of Abbeys and cathedrals and I'm not going to say this was the best or my favorite, but you've got to take the time to visit this one anyway.

Thank IdahoGirl83716
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

I love ruins so this was top of my list to do when in York. The ruins are really impressive and very picturesque. They’re within the museum gardens so are free to see; the rest of the gardens are also worth a walk round too....More

Thank laurent626
Reviewed 13 November 2017

This was a large abbey in York that now lies in ruins in Museum Gardens It is clear from its size that it was once very important and the architecture is still impressive It is free to visit as well

Thank Yorkterrier01
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

You need some imagination to fully appreciate the scale of the now ruined Abbey, which was the seat of power in Yorkshire. Nestled near the Museum Garden, go with a guide to appreciate the history of the place

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We had to walk past this every morning on our way to town. What a great start to our days. Lots of informational plaques throughout and just amazing to see.

Thank Susan D
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