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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
+44 1904 687687
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Reviewed yesterday

St. Mary's Abbey is a beautiful setting surrounded by beautiful gardens. Not to be missed on a sunny day in Spring!

Thank Juliana K
Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

Thank MOG808
Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

Thank nellielim
Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Thank Isabel Gabriela R
Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Thank rhiannyn
Reviewed 1 week ago

not much left of the abbey now but worth the visit as its set in beautiful gardens near the Yorkshire museum

Thank coffeemad8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After many visits to York I have never been to St Mary's Abbey. That was a mistake as the Abbey and gardens are a hidden gem. There are not many of the walls of the Abbey left but enough to realise how grand the building...More

1  Thank Dannykimweed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Nigel G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Abi C
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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

Thank Angela J
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