Kings Manor Audio Guide
Kings Manor Quick Facts
- Kings Manor dates back to 1270 but has been extended in 1480 and again in 1610.
- It was originally the Abbot’s lodging which is why it’s presence is close to St Mary’s Abbey.
- The Kings Manor survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries as Henry VIII admired the building and once stayed there.
- It was the seat of the Council of the North until it was abolished in 1641.
- Today it serves as part of York University and you can study archeology here.
- There is a cafe on the premises open to the public.
Where to Find Kings Manor
York Kings Manor is situated to the left of the Art Gallery and also at the rear of the Museum Gardens. Its existence began in 1270 as the Abbot’s lodging who obviously was the Abbot of St Mary’s Abbey behind it. However, when first built it was much smaller and has been extended twice, firstly in 1480 and also in 1610.
The Kings Manor survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries unlike the abbey itself because quite simply, Henry VIII admired the building. When the Abbey dissolved, King Henry VIII instructed that it be the seat of the Council of the North until 1641 when the council was abolished. Today it serves as part of the University of York and you can study archeology here. In addition, the building is open to the public. Along the left hand side of the grounds you can walk to the Museum Gardens along a public right of way.