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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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10:00 - 17:00
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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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Picnic Spot

Great ruins to sit by and watch the world go by . Central location to stop for lunch and enjoy the scenery

Reviewed 1 week ago
Angela J
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Passed by here on the way to the Art Gallery. Not much to see thanks to Henry VIII and time! Access is limited at the moment due to falling masonry. Forms part of the Museum Gardens which are free to all and accessible to everyone.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great ruins to sit by and watch the world go by . Central location to stop for lunch and enjoy the scenery

Thank Angela J
Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gardens kept in an immaculate standard with some lovely flowering beds to view. Most of the Abbey now not accessible due falling debris. I wonder if there is any money to ensure that it stays upright??

Thank robbins67
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This must have been such an impressive abbey in its time, almost the size of the Minster. It is situated in a nice peaceful garden and really gives you a sense of what life must have been like in York before the dissolution of the monasteries.

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Petaluma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to St. Mary's Abbey and the gardens as part of the York walking tour. I'm not sure that I'd read about it prior to going on the tour, but it is very lovely and even more interesting to hear the history.

Thank leflerpet
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Abbey in a lovely setting. Picturesque gardens where you can sit and relax and enjoy the views. Can also see castle walls and at the bottom is river Ouse on which they do boat tours up and down the river which are reasonable priced. Also in gardens is Yorkshire Museum. Great day out for all.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is within the beautiful museum gardens and has an interesting history - great to see this with one of the free walking tours. Also a great spot for some lovely haunting photos but go early or late or in the rain to avoid crowds in your shots.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ruins are in a beautiful garden not far from York Minster taken there on the three hour free tour of York

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Amadora, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens and these ruins are extremely well preserved, very good place for photos and quietness. Perfect to bring kids and pets.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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