Fountains Abbey, Ripon

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With its scenic countryside, ruins of a 12th-century abbey, and Victorian church, Fountains Abbey provides numerous important elements of English heritage in a park spreading out over an area of 323 hectares (800 acres). Start your visit in the well-preserved ruins of the Fountains Abbey, a Cistercian monastery dating back to 1132. Move on to the Studley Royal Garden, which John Aislabie developed in the early 18th century. Today, it stands as one of England's finest examples of a Georgian water garden. Next, enter the ornate, Gothic St. Mary's Church. Learn about the site's history of corn milling at the Fountains Mill and about monastic life among the exhibits in the Porter's Lodge. Finish with a stroll through Deer Park, home to 500 red, fallow, and Sika deer. If you'd like to spend the night, reserve an apartment in advance in the stately Fountains Hall mansion. To visit Fountains Abbey and get the most from your holiday in Ripon, create itinerary details personal to you using our Ripon trip planner .
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  • We spent a whole day exploring this site. We saw the Hall, the wonderful ruins of the Priory and then walked to the Water Garden before finally visiting the mill. There is an awful lot to be seen, and...  more »
  • Fountains abbey is awe inspiring . We didn’t even get to see the water garden as there was so much to see at the abbey. The ruins were fascinating and so atmospheric . Sadly the only let down (as usua...  more »
  • It was a bright sunny day so we needed to get out. When we arrived we bumped into friends in the car park who said the bridges walk was really really muddy so we headed in the opposite direction and t...  more »
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  • Truly spectacular National Trust property. As well as the Abbey Ruins (which are amazing!) there is the mill and hall, all in a stunning setting.
  • Easily one of the best National Trust locations we've been to. The facilities are great and modern and the grounds are exceptionally kept, we couldn't do it all in one day and will definitely be back!!
  • This is a first class place. Beautiful scenery, impressive ruins and lovely walks together with quality shops and restaurants.
  • Extensive grounds and stunning in autumn colours. A decent walk to access all areas
  • Set in beautiful countryside this national trust place is well worth a visit, with not only a deer park but also lovely walks,and the ruins of the abbey are also interesting.
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