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Museum Gardens, York
(4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The gardens at the York Museum gardens are just beautiful.Full of historic buildings and lovely gardens I spent hours just soaking up the lovely surrounds whilst being amazed at the old buildings stil...  more »
  • These were really nice even in the winter - the Abbey of St Mary's ruins are nearby and just a nice spot near the river for a walk. Peaceful and worthwhile 
  • Museum gardens are lovely in summer when you can have a picnic and a sit in the sun (if there is any) but it's also great in the winter as long as you wrap up warm. Very picturesque 
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  • It is a beautiful park in front of the York Museum. This place is also known a s Squirrels Trail. Lot of plump squirrels roam around freely very close by. Very cute and playful. The park is has lot of green and holds old ruins from Roman time. It has ruins of St Mary's Abbey and old multi-angular observatory tower too. Very nice spot to visit if you are in York. It is on the bank of river Ouse.
  • Marvellous garden. I spent a whole summer sunny afternoon reading my favourite book, enjoying a chilly wind, sunshine and singing birds. Such a lovely place! One minus was that some couples took advantage of the beautiful holy place to do their own more-than-a-kiss business passionately.
  • Absolutely picturesque! Loads of squirrels. Just beautiful place. whenever you are in York you need to see that one.
  • I visit at least twice a week. Great for a relaxing walk to wind down or to feed squirrels.
  • Beautiful mix of nature and history. Great relaxing atmosphere. Really worth a visit.