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St. Mary's Abbey

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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As abbey ruins go, this one isn't at the top of the must see list. It is not much of a ruin, as slightly over one wall remains. It’s a short stop to take a couple photographs.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jaimeelsabio
Reviewed 1 week ago

great piece of history near to the gardens. well worth a visit with lots to do around. historical ruin.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TheHonestExplorer
Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Mary's Abbey is situated in a lovely area. Not much remains of the Abbey itself, except some parts of a couple of walls and plenty of rocks. The gardens are beautiful and they make for a lovely picnic spot! We came across this place...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This may be my favorite place in York. Stunning site of the old abbey. I could easily imagine how it looked originally (diagrams in the museum).

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank shrinkb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visit St Mary's Abbey. It is beautiful and is so close to the centre that you can fit it into whatever else you are doing on your trip to York

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank car0lr65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent a couple of hours here with a picnic lunch, reading – it was peaceful and very nice to sit amongst stunning historical architecture. Seeing the squirrels was a bit of a novelty for me, too!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank caroarevalo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's free unlike most of York for tourists. Good park by the art gallery with Abbey ruins and a groundplan to help you imagine it in its former state

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank pjl29
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I saw this abbey it took my breath away I had no idea it was there, I had only been into York centre before, grounds were amazing

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jacqueline H
Reviewed 9 November 2018

Evocative ruins situated in lovely gardens. There was some information up which was great because it is nice to know what you are looking at. Great to have something free in York which is a fabulous city but expensive.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bronwen L
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Glorious views of autumn trees and the lovely park. Peaceful place to walk or just sit and enjoy, even in the tourist season.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jo M
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