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 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. 

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. 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? 

Ciao York is open everyday from 9am-4pm and offer gourmet sandwiches, toasties, hot drinks and sweet treats. They are situated at the Museum Street entrance to the gardens.

Sketch by Origin is also nearby at York Art Gallery, open Wednesday to Sunday.

Can visitors bring picnics? 

Yes, but we ask all visitors to take their litter away with them. It is also important to highlight that no alcohol is permitted in the gardens. 


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.  



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.