Museum Gardens, York

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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. To plan York vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Definitely worth a stroll through if you're in the area. The squirrels are entertainment on their own. There's seating that's comfortable, ancient buildings, pretty flower beds and views of the river....  more »
  • The grounds, situated next to the River Ouse, consist of a sekection of spaces that feature historical buildings and ruins from different periods - including the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, a medieval.....  more »
  • Beautiful and really well maintained gardens. My wife and really enjoyed our stroll around. Not very big and doesn't take long to get about but it is well worth the effort.  more »
  • Beautifully set out and looked after gardens. Great assortment of flowers and information. Some great back drops of the old abbey. Assorted vendors of coffee and ice cream. Some attractions also on at different times throughout the year. Plenty of places to sit down
  • Fantastic area to chill and relax. The scenery is great with all the flowers and plants, and there's a large animal life scene for those interested! They are pretty shameless and hard to scare off so good for photography! Also worth mentioning the owl handlers that are there most every day! A great experience for a more than reasonable price.
  • Lovely walk around the grounds taking in the scenery and the history. Really nice place for a picnic. Free entertainment most days really is worth a visit
  • Fantastic little gem in York. The gardens are lovely to walk around, picnic in and play with children. There's the museum on the grounds and also the abbey ruins, plus at the back is a gorgeous planted area to wander round which you can access the art museum from.
  • Lovely scenic gardens in the heart of York. Wonderful to stroll through on a sunny afternoon with many family groups enjoying picnics in the fresh air. Lovely atmosphere with a great range of trees and flowers which made for a nice walk. Also returned via the riverbank which is so peaceful with little boats sailing up and down. All in all, a great place !

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