Museum Gardens

Price guide: Free

Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR

Price guide: Free

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By David Cawley, your York expert

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#5 of 20
expert-rated things to do in York
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Travellers with pets, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, People watching, Relaxation

Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Museum Gardens

One of my favourite places for green spaced tranquillity, packed with history and squirrels.

Surrounding the grand 1830’s Yorkshire Museum, the Museum Gardens is home not only to some gentle horticulture and lawns running down to the River Ouse, but the significant ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, some Roman remains, a medieval hospital and hospitium and a still fully functioning Victorian Observatory. Especially popular at lunchtimes when York workers take to the lawns and benches for a spot of al fresco lunch. Visit my Yorkshire Museum page for details of the wonderful museum at the heart of the gardens.

Expert tips: 
Visit the gardens at the end or beginning of the day when they’re at their quietest.
The Museum Gardens, St Mary’s, Hospital and York Observatory are free to enter. The Hospitium is only for special events.
Check the notice board by the entrance on Museum Street for details of free walking tours of the gardens which usually take place at 1pm on Sunday’s during the summer months.
Ice cream and coffee can be bought on the riverside.

More information on Museum Gardens:

Price guide:
Historic site, Lake / river / canal, Park / garden
Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR
+44 1904 687 687
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 7.30-dusk. Observatory Sat only 11.30 & 2.30.
Free tags / Keywords:
Park, Birds, riverside, lawns

Have you been to Museum Gardens? Would you recommended it?