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Museum Gardens

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The Yorkshire Museum, home to some of the richest archaeological finds in Europe, is set amidst its own Gardens, which offer picnic areas and scenic walkways.
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Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
+44 1904 687687
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Reviewed 21 August 2018

This was probably the highlight of our trip, the gardens are lovely in summer and big enough to not feel overcrowded, even when it's busy. With lovely old buildings and the observatory within the grounds, it's a really great place.

Thank BarringtonSteele
Reviewed 19 August 2018

My sons wedding on the Saturday, we drove up on Thursday arriving late, so did not venture out. But Friday was a free day, so took my mother for a walk around York her first visit. Had lunch at Spring Espresso an independent coffee shop,...More

Thank MasterCoach333
Reviewed 19 August 2018

You must go here. Right beside York minster. Had a fantastic ice cream as we went in and wandered round the well kept gardens.So much to see. At Mary's abbey was the highlight.

Thank Pauline R
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Huge gardens and a great place to come along and have a picnic or just to wander through. Lots of squirrels too that will happily take nuts and other suitable food from your hands! Keeps the kids entertained for hours! The gardens usually (in the...More

Thank Traceyturner0610
Reviewed 18 August 2018

A haven for a quiet lunch picnic or relaxing in the sun to people watch away from the crowded streets. You can also sit by the riverside and watch boats.

Thank Advisor1967
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This summer has been really dry so the expected greenness of the lawn was temporarily turned into a greenish one. Nevertheless, this place smells of quietness and silence. Lots of people tend to come here to relax, sit on the grass or just walk around...More

Thank stendek
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Well maintained gardens housing the Yorkshire Museum and ruins of St Mary's Abbey. Look out for the roman Tower too. Great place for a picnic. Peacocks and squirrels around..

Thank awayaday
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

A great place to escape the bustle of the city centre. Today there were Birds of Prey that could (for a fee) be held. Make sure you walk round the full gardens, particularly the abbey ruins.

Thank craigmandeville
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Take the 2 hour free walking tour from outside the Art Gallery and this garden is included. A good place for picnics and just relaxing.

Thank Kay B
Reviewed 6 August 2018

A nice place to visit in the centre of York. Good for families and picnics. . Theres plenty of space however can get extremely busy in the summer time. There is a interesting Abbey ruin at the back of the gardens and a museum located...More

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26 October 2018|
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Response from JeffOP | Reviewed this property |
yes, dogs are allowed in tge park
Graham O
3 July 2018|
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Response from Sally W | Reviewed this property |
It is a museum garden so no, no showers
Rebecca T
7 May 2018|
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Response from RichardSawardYMT | Property representative |
Hi Rebecca Unfortunately, barbecues aren't permitted in the Museum Gardens but you are more than welcome to bring along a picnic!