It was always the place York would go to on a beautiful summer’s day like this.
And today (Thursday, 25 June), for the first time this summer, we will be able to stroll, sit and sunbathe in York’s Museum Gardens.
The York Museums Trust will reopen the botanical gardens at 10.30am.
And then the park will reopen seven days a week from 10.30am to 6pm.
The trust was unable to open the gardens earlier because of the costs involved.
Museum Gardens is home to scheduled monuments and listed buildings including St Mary’s Abbey and the Hospitium, as well as the botanical plants themselves, which require costly upkeep and security.
And deprived of paying visitors to the Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Art Gallery, the charity has lost 70% of its income.
A trust spokesman said: “As we open York Museum Gardens we 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.”