Located right next to The Minster, Dean’s Park is a charming green area to relax and take in views of the magnificent Minster. In days gone by, it was the site of the old palace of the Archbishops of York. In summer months, you will often find pop up festivals. This summer (2018), it’s Summer in the Park, with open air cinema experiences, music, crafts, stone carving and more.
If you wander through the park from the front of The Minster, the back gate will lead you to the Treasurer’s House, mentioned below.
The Holy Trinity Church is often overlooked by visitors as it’s tucked away behind Goodramgate and not visible from the street. There’s a beautiful, peaceful garden many locals ‘in the know’ head to during lunch breaks. The church itself is well worth a visit, with its stunning medieval glass and unique box pews.
Run by the National Trust, the Treasurer’s House is an elegant townhouse dating from medieval times. It often hosts some very interesting exhibits and houses a collection showcasing York’s 2000 year history. There’s stunning furnishings spanning some 300 years. It’s just across Dean’s Park (the park next to the Minster). We love its wonderful tranquil garden which you can enjoy without purchasing a ticket! It’s a great spot to relax. Infamous ghost stories will keep young ones entertained too. They do offer tours of the house but not every day so it’s best to ring to check.
One of the things we love about York are all the tranquil and peaceful spots dotted around the town centre. Set in the stunning surrounds of the ruins of St Marys Abbey (built in 1088), these 10 acres of botanical gardens, right in the centre of town, are absolutely delightful. Known by my daughter as squirrel park, you will adore dozens of these fury friends playing amongst the beautiful trees, shrubs and plants. The stone walls of the abbey built in 1260 are the most complete abbey walls in England. A corner Roman tower (70AD) also remains in one section of the gardens.
Don’t be tempted to feed the geese and ducks though…
Opening hours: Varies depending on the time of the year. Summer months 09:00-21:00, Winter 09:00 – 16:00