Museum Gardens, York

4.7
#1 of 9 in Parks in York
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.
Create an itinerary including Museum Gardens
map
Museum Gardens Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
1,642 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • August 21, 2017
    After a good walk, a judgment in these gardens has been a lot of good, it's very pretty, with the ruins of the Church. We can see squirrels bit fierce. A nice stop in the city center.
    View original
  • August 20, 2017
    One of my favourite quiet, green places in York (and there are many!). The Abbey ruins and open green areas are brilliant on warm days. An ideal place for picnics or even just stopping off with a coff...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Went there for a stroll, lovely gardens well kept and well laid out, great to relax or have a coffee from the kiosk. t Mary's Abbey very interesting.  more »
Google
  • 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

Plan your trip to York

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in York by other users

24 days in England BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Northern England BY A USER FROM CANADA September, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Yorkshire BY A USER FROM MALTA December, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Penrith, York & London BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA November, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in England BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA November, culture, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA November, teens, popular PREFERENCES: November, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans