York Museum Gardens – Botanical Gardens with Roman Appeal Photo Journal

York Museum Botanical Gardens Roman Appeal Photo Journal

York Museum Gardens

Botanical Gardens with Roman Appeal Photo Journal

York Museum Gardens – Botanical Gardens with Roman Appeal Photo Journal

Located in the Centre of York and along the river Ouse sits the 10 acre botanical gardens. York Museum Gardens are situated and designed around the stunning Roman ruins that date back to medieval times. These botanical Gardens are truly unique and breath taking!

We bring you 20 dazzling photos of York Museum Gardens. We hope you enjoy!

The Gardens

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Main Entrances

you can enter through the main gatehouse and lodge on museum street. The lodge itself was built in 1874.

York Museum Gardens – Botanical Gardens with Roman Appeal Photo Journal

Build around 1470, St. Marys lodge is attached to St. Mary’s gatehouse which served as the main entrance to the abbey! This entrance to Museum gardens is located on Marygate.

St. Mary's Abbey

St. Mary’s Abbey dates to 1086 with the first foundation being laid in 1089. By 1270 The Abbey had taken on a medieval Gothic construction which was dismantled after years of disrepair for it stone!

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The Hospitium is located just past the Main gatehouse on museum street. It is believed the Hospitium was the original guest house for Abbey visitors of low social rand and possible a used as a barn at one time.

York Museum Gardens – Botanical Gardens with Roman Appeal Photo Journal

St. Leonard's Hospital

St. Leonard’s Hospital Chapel and Udercroft is located just past the Main gatehouse on museum street. It was the largest hospital in England during the Middle Ages.

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Roman Sarcophagus can be seen along side of St. Leonard's Hospital. They used to line the tunnel through St. Leonard's and recently were moved into the gardens.

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York Museum Gardens is the perfect place to spend the day walking through the park and enjoying the scenery. You can also catch a variety of events on occasion, such as festivals and open air theatre performances. In edition you can also book your wedding in the gardens with receptions at The Hospitium. These botanical gardens are quite exquisite and photos were taken in the fall. Looking forward to adding spring and summer photos of gardens in full bloom in 2017!

The best part about vising the Museum Gardens is that it is free to the public. Unless of course you prefer to pay for a guided tour, which is not necessary! If you’re looking for more exciting things to do on your visit to York check out these articles to help you on your way!

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    • Leah
    • November 10, 2016

    Wow, these gardens are gorgeous! I would love to spend a fall day taking pictures on the grounds 🙂 adding this to the bucket list for sure!

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    I love the photos! they’re so colorful (which I’m all about!). … It looks like a lovely place to spend the afternoon

  2. Reply

    Awesome pictures!! It was great reading and following along, felt like a real tour through the Gardens. Definitely hope to visit one day!

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    York is one of my favourite English places to visit, so much history. Your post took me right back to York and now I want to visit again. Thanks for the tips especially St. Mary’s Abbey I never knew that..

  4. This looks like such a cool place to explore for the day! The grounds are vibrant, colorful and full of nature. Nice architecture on the midievil gothic construction, spectacular! Nice post 🙂

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    York Museum Botanical Gardens sounds like an amazing place to spend a day amidst the nature lazing around. Its great to know that the garden has traces of history too. We would love to visit someday

  6. Reply

    Well you have certainly convinced me – sarcophogi, graveyards I am in. Here’s hoping we get a housesit up in that neighbourhood soon.

  7. Reply

    Great read and awesome pictures! This looks like a cool place I would love to explore. Thank you for sharing! 😀

    • Brian
    • November 12, 2016

    “Garden” is a Pearl Jam song! There’s a York in Pennsylvania, where I am from. I would love to see the original!

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    Beautiful pictures. They speak a thousand words. Thank you for sharing.

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    These places look beautiful but St. Mary’s Abbey is stunning. i would love to visit them all and enjoy the sceneries and take photos.

    • Chrysoula
    • November 12, 2016

    York is such a beautiful city and the botanical gardens are so pretty perfect for a leisurely stroll.

    • Joe
    • November 12, 2016

    Very beautiful gardens and great photos 🙂 These perhaps don’t get as much attention as some other places in York, but they do deserve every visitor they get. The ruins of the abbey are very evocative!

    • Fern
    • November 12, 2016

    I love this place! I used to visit the Abbey all the time as a kid! Thanks for the nostalgia 🙂

    • Megan
    • November 12, 2016

    This looks like a great place to explore. I love that you get to see both the gardens and the architecture. I get a little bored with just gardens so this is a good mixture.

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    This is an attraction I’d go to as well. Love ruins, old churches and gardens. So peaceful!

  11. Reply

    This botanical garden is so beautiful! And I specially like the fact that it grew around historical building, what it makes a visit even more special. Also, totally free! That’s so rare this days. Would definitely love to catch there an open air theatre performance.

  12. Reply

    English gardens, castles and history. York looks like a great place to soak up a piece of England’s past. Those English gardens are so tidy.

    • Nisha
    • November 13, 2016

    This is what I call as Garden with a history. I love to visit old buildings and listen to the stories about them.

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    This does look like a fun way to spend an afternoon. I see some of the leaves on the trees are starting to turn colors. It must be even more beautiful when more trees have turned! Are you able to go inside any of those buildings on the property?

    • Lisa
    • November 13, 2016

    What a unique and beautiful garden spot! Will definitely put this on my must visit list. Love all the history and the architecture. Your pictures really captured how stunning it all is!

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    Great photos, I went to York as a young child, would love to go back sometime soon!

  15. Wow, the gardens look so beautiful and well maintained.Perfect spot for a relaxing Sunday.

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    This is like nature walk! So much of greenery all around.
    Amazing historical buildings all almost 10 centuries old!
    Did you get any spooky feeling?

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    The York botanical garden looks very beautiful and inviting, with a lot of things to see. I am pleased to see that besides flora you can also admire the ruins of St Mary’s Abby and St Leonard’s Hospital. It’s a shame that there is only one wall left from St Mary’s Abby, from your photos I can see that it must have been an impressive building in the past.

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    The York Botanical Gardens look like a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Great photos!

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    Wow, looks amazing! Like the Secret Garden 🙂 I love this historical castles and buildings and beautiful, magical gardens. I would love to visit here someday!

    • Andi
    • November 14, 2016

    This is indeed a great place to enjoy the scenery. I always loved nature and greens. I dream that one day, I will own a huge piece of land and I will preserve and nurture the land’s beauty similar to this. Very nice.

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    York has so much to see and I’ve really got to get there. I’d never heard of the gardens but they do seem lovely. The whole city has so much history, and this makes me want to see more.

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    Loved the pictures, everywhere’s so pretty and tranquil.
    It must have been a great experience for you 🙂

  22. Reply

    The architecture at St. Mary’s Abbey is stunning. York looks like a desirable place to add to the vacation roster. I”m all for anything UK period.

  23. Reply

    They don’t need to buy a tour after reading your very informative post 😉 Thanks for the info, great looking gardens!

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    These gardens are so gorgeous! I rarely seek out gardens on my travels but I need to. These look amazing.

    • Erica
    • November 14, 2016

    I’m all about botanical gardens! And knowing that York Museum Garden also offers open air theatre performances, I just feel the need to visit the place. If time and budget permits I would love to go to York! But for now I’d just comfort myself through your photos and yeah definitely wait for spring and summer photos of gardens in full bloom!


    • Nicki
    • November 14, 2016

    Loving all the fall colors. They pair well with the architecture .. I especially love all the cut outs.

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    Thanks for this stunning photos… I’ll wait till spring for your photos, but in any season, I would love to spend a day looking and walking around the place.

  26. Reply

    That greenery is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful nature. I love medieval times and this looks totally medieval.

  27. Reply

    Thanks for sharing. There is so much green in those pics.

  28. Reply

    So pretty, love the architecture. Looks like a great place to visit

  29. Reply

    Looks like a great place to visit, love the architecture and the photos are brilliant

  30. Reply

    My nan used to live visiting the you’re museum gardens!! It’s such a beautiful place and the entrance is a stunning building!! You’ve captured it so well. Ree love30

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    10 acres?! Ruins?! I can only imagine how beautiful it was in person. Your pictures are lovely. I can’t wait to visit!

  32. Reply

    Wow! This is so beautiful. A good place for a morning or afternoon walk. The architectural design is so impressive. Would love to visit this place someday. And the best thing is, its free!

  33. Reply

    I love York, I was there in September and walked round these gardens too, so lovely! There were lots of squirrels when I was there, I even saw a couple celebrating there anniversary after getting engaged there 10 years before! It’s a lovely spot 🙂

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    I really like going to botanical gardens. My brother in law loves it a lot. He always visits botanical gardens during holidays. And so we visited one last year in Sicily as well. And now this year again in Poland. And now I really like it. This one looks great as well. I’ll make sure to visit it one day.

    • Frances
    • November 16, 2016

    This is a lovely park, I really like York and there’s nothing better on a sunny day than sitting in a park & enjoying the sunshine! And watching the squirrels of course!

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    These are such beautiful grounds. I love that they surround ruins. It made for some gorgeous pictures!

    • Gel
    • November 16, 2016

    This looks like a place perfect for an afternoon or morning walk. I love that you took photos on all the corners of the place that it feels like you toured us in this gallery. Thankyou for sharing these!

  36. Reply

    I loooove photo journals, I think they gave a different approach to the places we visited <3

  37. Reply

    This botanical garden is absolutely beautiful you can just have a walk through or take a picnic. It looks very relaxing and you will learn some interesting bits and pieces of history. It was surely lovely to wander around. And the best thing is – It’s free!

    • Vyjay
    • November 17, 2016

    The gardens are so green and enchanting. The remains of the Gothic structure seem to add an aura of intrigue and romance. Would love take a stroll in these beautiful environs.

    • Agnes
    • November 17, 2016

    Would love to have a picnic in the gardens. The ruins look wonderful too. Beuatiful pictures!

    • Agnes
    • November 17, 2016

    Would love to have a picnic in the gardens. The ruins look wonderful too. Beautiful pictures!

    • Elisa
    • November 17, 2016

    What a nice combination ancient ruins + landscape, the kind of place I would go for a quiet reading under a tree. Loved the pictures!

  38. This is more than just a botanical Garden as it offers more than every visitor can expect. I like the place as it appears to very refreshing and full of life. I would like to visit this place soon. Thank you for sharing!


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    • Ferna
    • November 18, 2016

    Those photos are colorful and really stunning to look at with the flowe garden. Yeah I agree with all the information you gave, there’s no need for a tour guide. I’ve heard a lot of times about York in England but didn’t know it is as beautiful as that.

    • Kate
    • November 18, 2016

    I could see myself just getting lost wandering around. What great photos. The Abbey looks intriguing and so do the sarcophagi.

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    The gardens are gorgeous. Would love to spend time here for sure.

    • Munchkin Treks
    • November 21, 2016

    I love this post that blends nature and history. When I first read the title, I was expecting to read about botanical gardens. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about medieval history too, especially the abbey.

    • Maria
    • November 21, 2016

    Such beautiful gardens! And the church ruins are also admirable. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and images.
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    So much green! Wish I had more time in England!

  42. Reply

    I love visiting gardens and parks when I travel. This botanical garden in York looks amazing.
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    • Katie
    • November 27, 2016

    These gardens and buildings look incredible! I’ve never had the chance to get up to York, but I hope that next year is the year- I’ll definitely have to stop back at your blog for suggestions!

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    Hi, wow! this botanical garden is really awesome. It feels like real touch of the nature and gives a pure air for breathing. It provides a totally peaceful environment for meditation. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very pretty, looks like the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.

    • Carol
    • December 31, 2016

    That abbey is really beautiful. I find those arches to give off a very peaceful feeling.

    • noel
    • December 31, 2016

    I’m a fan of always visiting a botanical garden in a new destination and this one is a real gem, filled with architectural buildings, stunning gardens and historic influences – I definitely would love to visit this some day. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    This looks amazing! I’ve never been to York, even though I used to live in England. I guess if they’re Roman ruins they must date a lot further back than medieval times, but maybe the garden dates back to the medieval age? How stunning. I’d love to visit them. Thanks for posting.

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    I was in York years ago for a wedding and loved it. Now I want to return to check out the sites. I love the contrast between the stark 15th century buildings and the greenery of the plants.

    • Dana
    • January 1, 2017

    The gardens are beautiful and the wall from the abbey is lovely. I can see my kids running around the grounds having a great time.
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    I love visiting gardens, especially ones with such beautiful architecture. I think it’s really cool that they’re free to visit too.
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    York Museum Botanical gardens really look like the perfect location to relax, read a book or just calmly wandering!
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    • Anita
    • January 3, 2017

    Beautiful garden s! Wish to be there specially now when is winter and I don’t see any green. Thanks for information

    • neha
    • January 3, 2017

    What a beautiful garden. Reminded me of the botanical garden in Ooty India, do see it’s pics. The greenery and landscaping is very similar, except for the building part .
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  50. Reply

    So much greenery and architecture in one place. Looks like a photographers paradise. Loved the pictures of the ruins.

  51. Reply

    York is somewhere I have never been as an adult. I really wanted to fit it in before I left the uK. Sadly I didn’t get chance. Must try and get there next time I’m back! Great post.

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    So much history and beauty! I would love to visit the York Museum hopefully in the near future. Europe is my dream destination. It’s too far away and definitely looks oh so very different from where I come from so it has always been high on my list. This botanical garden is so beautiful and those castles and the ruins, amazing.
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    • mags
    • January 3, 2017

    Great photos. I always love a botanical garden, but those historic buildings really add to the charm.

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    York is one of my favourite places that I’ve seen! I’ve never been to the botanical garden though. Lovely photos! x
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    I love gardens and love history even more and this place has both! Had never even heard of this place before this post. Loved it 🙂
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    These gardens are right out of an old english fairytale. The castle is our favourite. It’s so imposing yet still beautiful. York Museum Gardens are on our list.
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    The gardens look lovely. It’s great to know that the hospitium can be booked for weddings. If I live in England, I’d definitely hold my wedding there.

  57. Reply

    Absolutely beautiful photos! I’m particularly inspired to explore St. Mary’s Abby. Those walls that remain really are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing, hope to make it to York one of these days.

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    Inviting photos… I love spending half day tours in botanical gardens… and York Museum Garden is just another place worthy to walk around with..
    Traveling made me aware of different Architectures, great that they maintained this garden with Roman touch designs…
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    This place is so beautiful! Would love to spend a day in these gardens and enjoy the quietness. 🙂
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