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

York Museums Gardens are open every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Summer Opening Times

7.30am – 8.00pm

Winter Opening Times

7:30am – 6:00pm

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

7:00am – 4:00pm


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.


Please note there are no public 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.

Dos and Don’ts

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


  • Cyclists please dismount in the gardens
  • Please keep your dog on a lead


  • No Alcohol - the gardens are an Alcohol exclusion zone
  • No ball games please
  • Please do not climb on the ruins