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“Absolutely beautiful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of St. Mary's Abbey

St. Mary's Abbey
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York Walking Tour including York Minster
Ranked #18 of 199 things to do in York
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Owner description: William II laid the foundation to this abbey during the 11th century, which became known as the most powerful and wealthiest monastery in the North of England at that time.
Adelaide, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Absolutely beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

I loved this building as soon as I saw it. Something fascinating about it.. Work checking out if you're nearby!

Visited August 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Grand ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

The Museum Gardens form a nice backdrop for the majestic ruins of St Mary's Abbey. There are signs on the ground that indicate which part of the abbey you're walking in. There is a little bit of information on a board nearby but might not be immediately visible (more visible signs would definitely be an improvement), and more information in the ruins of St Leonard's hospital near the entrance to the Museum Gardens and inside the Yorkshire Museum.

Visited August 2014
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Staunton, Virginia
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“Impressive ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

The Norman St Mary's Abbey was so powerful that its Abbott had a seat in the House of Lords. Its ruins remain impressive. The shell of the abbey proper is attractively surrounded with grass. You can sit and eat lunch there in the shade. Other remains include:
1 the nearby hospitium for guests which is intact and is often used for weddings,
2 the walls enclosing the abbey grounds which run past St Olave's church and are often mistaken for York's medieval walls. In fact the abbey lay beyond the city walls.
3 the Abbott's house which became the King's Manor after the dissolution of the monasteries and was the seat of the Council of the North from 1530s to 1640s.
St Mary's is a lovely and evocative ruin set in peaceful gardens. It is well worth a contemplative half an hour.

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Bide time and enjoy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

What a lovely cool and welcoming church on a very hot day. A time for relaxing and contemplation just sitting there enjoying the peace and quiet before looking around at the beautiful windows.

Visited July 2014
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Ridgewood, NJ
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“The skeleton is enough to make you see the real thing.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

While in York, we were walking around town and came accross St. Mary's Abbey in Museum Gardens. There are a few signs with some of the history of the abbey but the magnitude of the structure is enough to tell you that it was a major building in its time. Even though most of the walls are not standing there are arches and wall fragments that give a good indication of the grandeur that was to be seen at the Abbey.

It is now part of a large park area and you need to enter into the park a good ways before you see the Abbey. It is work the short walk.

Visited May 2014
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