York Museums Trust

York Museum Gardens

York Museum Gardens Now Open

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York Museum Gardens, managed by the charity York Museums Trust,  is now open to the public. Please donate by clicking here.

The team at York Museums Trust look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful award-winning York Museum Gardens to enjoy the beautiful open space within the heart of the city. 

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. During the lockdown closurea small team have continued to maintain the gardens and have worked hard to reopen these beautiful gardens for you to enjoy in full summer bloom. 

For those planning to visit, we want to make your visit as easy as possible for you 

We hope the below list of questions and answers will help you plan your visit. 


What times will the York Museum Gardens be open? 

The main gardens will be open from 9am – 6pm

 The Artists’ garden will be open from 10:30am to 4:30pm. 

Will I need to book a ticket and is there an entry cost? 

No, the gardens will be open for everyone to enjoy but we ask our visitors to respect social distancing at all times. As a charity, York Museums Trust opens the gardens free of chargeAs we open York Museum Gardens we ask anyone who enjoys the gardens to consider donating to the charity, to help York Museums Trust continue to maintain such a fantastic space for generations to come. Donations boxes can be found in the gardens.

Will there be refreshment facilities available? 

On various dates, within the gardens ice cream is available from Ice Cream Rescue. Sketch by Origin will be offering a drinks and snacks take away service from the Pavilion, this is further into the Gardens. 

Can visitors bring picnics? 

Yes, but we ask all visitors to follow the government guidelines on social distancing and take their litter away with them. It is also important to highlight that no alcohol is permitted in the gardens. 

Will there be hand sanitiser available on site? 

There will be no hand sanitiser units within the gardens and we strongly advise visitors to bring their own, 

Are there toilets? 

Unfortunately there are no toilets in York Museum Gardens, the nearest toilets are available at Bootham Bar or within the city centre at Silver Street.  

Will all the garden spaces be open? 

Yes, we will open all the spaces within York Museum Gardens. During busy days, visitors will be encouraged to use all areas of the gardens including the Pavillion Lawn and the Artists Garden too. The areas that will not be accessible will be narrow pathways and these will be clearly visible through signage. This includes the riverside walk and gates  

What about social distancing? 

The safety of everyone is our key priority and we ask our visitors at all times to respect each other, our staff, volunteers and local community. We also ask visitors to adhere to social distancing and the current government guidance. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit. 

Our garden guides will be present in the gardens daily throughout the opening hours to ensure a welcoming visitor experience for everyone. 

Signage has been produced and will be visible on entry and throughout the gardens. Where we anticipate queues, signage about social distancing will be clearly marked. Benches have been moved accordingly to ensure space around them and we have blocked off areas where footpaths are really narrow.  

During busy days, visitors will be encouraged to use all areas of the gardens including the Pavilion Lawn and the Artists Garden too. 

The team at York Museums Trust will also be working closely with the Street Rangers and Police to prevent anti-social behaviour and maintain safety for all. 

Prior to re-opening, we have reviewed our operational plans and policiesA risk assessment has been produced in line with the re-opening and a full copy is available here.