York Museum Gardens

York Museum Gardens Are Open

What times will the York Museum Gardens be open? 

The main gardens will be open from 9am to 6pm. 

 The Artists’ garden will be open from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Will I need to book a ticket and is there an entry cost? 

No, the gardens will be open for everyone to enjoy but we ask our visitors to respect social distancing at all times. As a charity, York Museums Trust opens the gardens free of chargeAs we open York Museum Gardens we ask anyone who enjoys the gardens to consider donating to the charity, to help York Museums Trust continue to maintain such a fantastic space for generations to come. Please donate here.

Will there be refreshment facilities available? 

Within the gardens, ice cream is available from Ice Cream Rescue. On some days, Sketch by Origin will be offering a drinks and snacks take away service from the Pavilion, this is further into the Gardens. 

Can visitors bring picnics? 

Yes, but we ask all visitors to follow the government guidelines on social distancing and take their litter away with them. It is also important to highlight that no alcohol is permitted in the gardens. 

Will there be hand sanitiser available on site? 

There will be no hand sanitiser units within the gardens and we strongly advise visitors to bring their own, 

Are there toilets? 

Unfortunately there are no toilets in York Museum Gardens, the nearest toilets are available at Bootham Bar or within the city centre at Silver Street.  

Will all the garden spaces be open? 

Yes, we will open all the spaces within York Museum Gardens. During busy days, visitors will be encouraged to use all areas of the gardens including the Pavillion Lawn and the Artists Garden too. The areas that will not be accessible will be narrow pathways and these will be clearly visible through signage. In addition, not all gates are open as we manage the Garden to the best of our ability in difficult times.


A risk assessment has been produced – copy is available here.

Garden features