Visitor Information

Over ten acres of stunning botanical gardens in the heart of York.

Located within the city centre and close to the Railway Station and other key attractions, the York Museum Gardens are an idyllic haven with an array of plant species, wildlife, and historical features to explore.

Established in the 1830’s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, the gardens are famed for their fantastic collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs set against the stunning backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.

Following recent redevelopment work, the gardens now extend to the back of York Art Gallery and include an Edible Wood and an Artists Garden with outdoor changing exhibitions.

The gardens are free to visit and we welcome all visitors to enjoy our beautiful space.

 

Opening Times

1 October 2017 – 24 March 2018: 7:30am – 4pm*

26 March – 30 April 2018: 7:30am – 7pm

1 May – 31 August 2018: 7:30am – 8pm

1 September – 30 September 2018: 7:30am – 7pm

*Please note that from 15 November 2017 to 2 January 2018 the York Museum Gardens will be closed by 4pm. The gates will start to be locked from 3.30pm with the final gate on Museum Street being closed at 4pm. The gardens will be closed all day on 25 December 2017.

 

Accessibility

The York Museum Gardens are wheelchair accessible with a series of wheelchair-friendly pathways around the space. This includes the new Edible Wood and Artists Gardens spaces behind York Art Gallery.

The Yorkshire Museum is wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp at the front of the building and the main entrance area is fully accessible. Please click here for further access information.

The York Observatory is wheelchair accessible with the exception of the telescope viewing platform.

 

Toilets

There are no toilets in the Museum Gardens. The nearest public toilets are on Bootham Bar.

 

Garden Tours – Every Sunday 1-2pm

Meet inside the Museum Street gates and gain an insight into one of the most popular gardens in York. The gardens contain a wealth of plant life, botanical specimens and wildlife, as well as the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the Roman Multangular Tower.

The tours are free and there is no need to book.

 

Using Drones

Due to security and public safety issues, drones may not be flown in Museum Gardens. Permission to fly may be granted for specific projects – please contact York Museums Trust directly to arrange this beforehand on 01904 687687 or by email to enquiries@ymt.org.uk.

 

Dos and Don’ts

When visiting the Gardens, please be respectful of other visitors and the space by following these requests.

Dos

  • Please dismount from your bike
  • Dogs should be kept on a lead
  • Picnics are welcome
  • You can walk on the grass

Don’ts

  • Alcohol is not permitted
  • No ball games please
  • Do not climb on the ruins
  • Drones are not permitted