St Mary’s Abbey

York, England, United Kingdom

About St Mary’s Abbey

St Mary's Abbey is a picturesque ruined Benedictine abbey in York, located in York Museum Gardens.

The abbey was founded in 1088 and the surviving ruins date from a rebuilding programme begun in 1270 and finished by 1294.

One of the largest and richest Benedictine monasteries and one of the largest landholders in Yorkshire, St Mary's Abbey was closed and subsequently substantially destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII.

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