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Stand by the Yorkshire Museum to capture yourself with the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.

The beautiful botanical Museum Gardens make the perfect setting for a stunning selfie, and with St Mary’s Abbey as your backdrop you’ll be getting likes galore! St Mary’s Abbey was first built in 1088, and was one of the wealthiest and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1500s, the abbey buildings were converted into a palace for the King when he visited York. The ruins of the abbey still remain, and the nave of the church and cloister are still visible today.

Did you know?

The walls surrounding St Mary’s Abbey were built in the 1260s and remain the most complete set of abbey walls in the country.


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