York Museums Trust

York Museum Gardens

York Museum Gardens closed until further notice

As a charity, York Museums Trust are not in a position to reopen the York Museum Gardens in the immediate future.

The Gardens are registered botanical gardens, not a city park, which require high levels of maintenance and security because of the plants and trees, Scheduled Monuments and Listed buildings within them.

Currently 80% of York Museums Trust staff are on furlough leave, to help the Trust survive as a charity. This includes the majority of the Gardens team, with just essential maintenance now being carried out including regular checks.

Like all organisations, York Museums Trust will continue to monitor the situation closely and reassess in the coming weeks.

All programmes activities and events until the end of July are cancelled including the annual Eboracum Roman Festival. For updates on any private events booked through York Venues please contact them on 01904 687671 or [email protected]

As a charity, we are most grateful for your support in these challenging times.

Working together with audiences and communities, York Museums Trust aims to inspire, to share and to care for York’s fantastic cultural heritage. We rely on visitors to our museums to make more than 70% of our income which enables us to care for York’s collections, share access to our facilities and to deliver our educational programmes. We recognise that this is a difficult time for many of us. However now, more than ever, the future sustainability of the Trust relies on donations to ensure we will be here for generations to come. Together, we will ensure that we can open our doors and gates to our museums and gardens again in the future. But we need your help! If you are able to support us by making a donation we would be extremely grateful. To do so, please click here to donate.

Thank you for your support to date, stay safe and look after each other.


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.

Visit our dedicated York Museum Gardens website here to find out more.