Inside York

The Museum Gardens of York, UK

York Museum Gardens are botanic gardens in the centre of York, England. They cover an area of ten acres (0.040 km²) of the former grounds of St Mary's Abbey, and, along with the Yorkshire Museum, were created during the 1830s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. They are held on trust by the City of York Council and managed by the York Museums Trust. The Gardens were designed by landscape architect Sir John Murray Naysmith in a gardenesque style, and contain a variety of species of plants, trees and birds. Admission is free, with a variety of events, including open air theatre performances and festival activities, taking place in the Gardens.

There are a number of historic buildings in the Gardens. From the Roman period there are the remains of the west corner of the Roman fort of Eboracum, including the Multangular Tower and parts of the Roman walls. In the same area there is also the Anglian Tower which probably dates from the Late Roman period. During the medieval period, the tower was expanded and the Roman walls were incorporated into York's city walls. Most of the other buildings dating from the medieval period are associated with St. Mary's Abbey, including the ruins of the Abbey church, the Hospitium, the lodge and part of the surviving precinct wall. The remains of St. Leonard's Hospital chapel and undercroft are on the east side of the Gardens. The Yorkshire Philosophical Society constructed a number of buildings in the Gardens during the 19th and early 20th Century, including the Yorkshire Museum and its octagonal observatory. The Museum houses four permanent collections, covering biology, geology, archaeology and astronomy.

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