St. Mary's Abbey is a beautiful setting surrounded by beautiful gardens. Not to be missed on a sunny day in Spring!
About St. Mary's Abbey
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I was surprised to see these ruins while walking through Museum Park. They are quite well preserved as far as ruins go and well worth a look.
This ruins are all that remain of the wealthiest and most powerful Benedictine monastery in England. Built in 1088, it began by William the Conqueror to reinforce his hold after 1066 and ended by Henry VIII as a consequence of his Reformation of the Church.
Gorgeous ruins. If you want to pretend you're a melancholic gothic poet of the 19th century and admire the ruins of past glory... This is your place.
We loved the entire site, with all the still standing walls, and barely there ruins. The graveyard behind the wall of the church was a nice find.
The ruins stand in what is now Museum Gardens - they stand as a tribute to time having been first built in 1055 and dedicated to Saint Olaf II of Norway. Once one of the richest Abbeys in the North of England, what remains is...More
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.