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St. Mary's Abbey: Tours & Tickets

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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

There's no way you will walk through York and not see these ruins, as they're so imposing and impressive. Take some time to walk through it and see the details of what remains from the Abbey and to take fantastic pictures.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andre A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You walk into the Museum Gardens without prior knowledge of the wonderful histort and buildings to be found therein. The Abbey is spectacular although, of course, ruined. For an insight into the past, go!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JayBird58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must to see, a must to be looked after. See the Abbey and look at history. A special place to sit and reflect.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank RevTony
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first time we visited York was in the winter so weren't able to walk around this amazing site properly for fear of getting very muddy. But if you are in York it is a must. A dramatic building sited in some very pretty gardens.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DaveGCI
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love 'feeling' old buildings, this one's for you! I didn't want to leave. Even with all the tourists, it was peaceful.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Laurie E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins themselves are interesting but quite small. However they are set in a lovely park right next to the centre. The park is free, great for a walk around and even see the small yachts by the side of the river.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank traveltom2019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These are nice abbey remains located within a well kept garden/park. There is not a lot of the abbey left but what is there is worth looking at if you are in York.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Peter J
Reviewed 29 August 2019

Lovely walk around the grounds of the old abbey. The grounds also go down to the river which was a nice surprise. Lots of Stone work still about. The Yorkshire museum is in the grounds and about five minutes from the minster. Peaceful area with...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kathryn S
Reviewed 27 August 2019

There is very little left of what was once a major abbey (before the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII). On a nice day, what is left is stunning. As well as being being able to get up close to the ruins, they can...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank honeysrascal
Reviewed 19 August 2019

Nice to visit & photograph, small section of ruins and lovely maintained gardens around, open to all and lots of people sit and enjoy the gardens in nice weather.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Beckie M
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13 August 2019|
Response from 121heatherp | Reviewed this property |
Great Place !!
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3 February 2016|
Response from pauljohngriffiths |
Open during daylight hours and free (well I have been a few times at different times and never paid, or was asked to pay). A lovely place to visit...!