It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for (well, we have in our house, anyway): York Museum Gardens is set to reopen very soon. Our favourite green space in York city centre will open its gates on Thursday 25th June. It will be open seven days a week, from 10.30 am to 6 pm. Why do we love it so much? Well, it’s beautiful – with lovely views of the river – and there’s lots of wildlife to spot (if you don’t see a couple of squirrels, you’ve been unlucky). It’s a stone’s throw from the shops and close to lots of great options for takeaway food (Brew & Brownie, Mannions and Bettys for starters). It’s also near some of our other favourite places to take the kids (Explore York Library, York Art Gallery and York Theatre Royal – when they’re open, of course) and it’s free for us all to enjoy.
York Museums Trust is really looking forward to welcoming people back to enjoy the gardens as they come into full summer bloom. They recognise how important the Gardens are to York and are keen to support the city as it comes out of lockdown. They would like to ask that everyone follows social distancing guidelines to ensure the Gardens are a safe and welcoming space as possible.
York Museum Gardens are a registered botanical garden, requiring high levels of maintenance, gardening and security because of the special plants and trees, unique Scheduled Monuments and Listed buildings within them. The costs of the Gardens team and keeping the Gardens free to all are met by York Museums Trust as part of their work as a charity. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a loss of 70% of York Museums Trust’s income and they have had to furlough most staff. As they open York Museum Gardens, they 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.