St Olave's Church, York
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th-century stained glass
After the Norman Conquest the church was granted to Alan of Brittany, who in turn gave it to Benedictine monks to establish a new abbey. The new abbey grew to become St Mary's, one of the great monasteries in northern England. The abbey grew, and the monks needed a larger church, so around 1089 they abandoned St Olave's in favour of a new church in what is now Museum Gardens.
The interior is a mix of 15th and 18th century work, with a large east window set with 15th century stained glass. Look for the figure of St Olave and an depiction of St Dunstan with tongs and a devil's nose. The piers have 18th century bases and capitals. There is a royal coat of arms dated 1610-12.
St Olave's is a lovely church, and its location beside Museum Gardens make it one of the most easily visited historic churches in York. It is usually open daylight hours.
About St Olave's Church
Address: Marygate, York, Yorkshire, England, YO30 7BZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Backing onto Abbey Gardens, within an easy walk of the Yorkshire Museum and St Mary's Abbey ruins. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: St Olave's Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Yorkshire Museum - 0.2 miles (Museum)
St Mary's Abbey, York - 0.2 miles (Abbey)
York Minster - 0.3 miles (Cathedral)
York, St Helen Stonegate - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
The Norman House - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
York, St Michael-le-Belfry - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
Barley Hall - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Treasurers House - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
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