Medieval Realms

Visiting St Mary's Abbey

The remains of St Mary's Abbey are situated in the Museum Gardens, York.  The gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk. Admission to the Museum Gardens is FREE.


You can find out more about St Mary's Abbey by visiting the nearby Yorkshire Museum.  The museum includes part of the abbey remains which have been covered over, as well as interpretation of the site and its history. Several objects are also on show, including floor tiles, medieval glass and stone carvings from the abbey.  The museum is open from 10am-5pm daily.


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School Sessions at St Mary's Abbey:

The museum runs a session aimed specifically at KS3 Medieval Realms. During the 1½ hour session, pupils meet a medieval character who shows them around the abbey. They then go into the museum and have to research a character who would have lived or worked in the abbey. They have to find evidence for their character using objects on the gallery and handling real medieval objects which have been found in the abbey precinct.


To book this session and for further information, please contact Eloise Drouet on:

Tel: 01904 650 333

Fax: 01904 671 078



With thanks to the Young Consultants Group from Canon Lee School, York, for all their help with this Learning Journey.

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