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Museum Gardens, York

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Museum Gardens offers 4 hectares (10 acres) of colorful and exotic plants set among ruins dating back to the Roman era. Wander among different planting areas, including a fern garden, a butterfly border, and an American prairie border, and spot lime, holly, beech, and oak trees, among others. Stop to admire the corner of the Roman fortress that dates to the 3rd or 4th century, and the remains of the walls and nave of the 11th-century St. Mary's Abbey. Check the gardens' schedule of which plants flower and when to ensure you see as much color as possible during your visit. Using our world travel planner, York attractions like Museum Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Good to stroll through these manicured gardens, watched the old men feeding the squirrels and of course took plenty of photos of St Mary;'s Abbey Ruins.  more »
  • Lovely peaceful gardens with stunning ruins, and a good spot to take a rest from the busy streets of York.  more »
  • nice place to sit and rest nice and peaceful,plenty of squirrels to feed to,lots of nice plants to see and there st marys abbey ruins in the ground to  more »
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  • Excellent well kept grounds. Visited on a nice warm sunny week day. The place was full of people either walking or relaxing there. It was a very popular place. Loads of squirrels which will take food out your hands as well 😃
  • I absolutely love this park. Friendly people, no rubbish and lots of wildlife. My only thing is that it closes at 8pm in the summer even when the evenings are still light. I understand someone has to close the gardens but it's just so lovely, I could stay longer!
  • Great place to visit, the gardens are well kept and its a very popular area with a wide range of people visiting. The tame squirrels topped it off for me. They are fun to watch.
  • Gorgeous place. Kept incredibly tidy. It has amazing views of the town and plenty of space. Drinking alcohol is prohibited.
  • Worth a visit if you're visiting York. Relatively sizeable park near the museum. Good for people watching too on a sunny day

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Where to stay in York

Despite York’s relatively small size, accommodations come in a variety of styles. You can choose from privately owned townhouses, low-cost hotels, luxurious international chains, and quiet B&Bs and guesthouses. For that ultimate urban experience, consider staying in the historical city center. This part of town is packed with options for every taste and budget, all close to York’s main attractions, as well as its main transportation systems. Just a short walk from the city center, family-run guesthouses in quiet neighborhoods offer cozy rooms and modern amenities at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. Alternatively, the surrounding countryside is filled with charming private homes eager to welcome guests.
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