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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 family vacation planner.
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  • A very impressive ruined Abbey, set in beautiful grounds with pathways to walk along. The water gardens are immaculate and everywhere is well maintained by the National Trust. There are two car parks,...  more »
  • This is a must place to visit for anyone in the area. The abbey ruins are just magical and are often used as film locations. The grounds are well kept & in the spring there are carpets of snowdrops an...  more »
  • Just amazing ! Could not believe the size of the ruins. Fabulous walk around the water gardens and just fell in love with the place. Would love to visit on a nice hot day as you could spend hours here...  more »
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  • What a great day out! Get ready for some walking as the Abbey is about a ten minute walk from the Visitor's center. You'll be amazed as the ruins just by their size and beauty. If you choose to walk some more, you will discover some great views of the lakes and don't forget to explore some of the sites outside of the Abbey. There are tours of the Abbey ruins so be sure to get in one. Takes about 4 hours to enjoy the whole place.
  • Will always have a special place in my heart as we used to attend here as a family when I was a child. I now attend with my family through summer and autumn then attend the Carols by candle light in December when the abbey is illuminated. It makes you happy to be alive especially if you remember to pack a LARGE flask of creamy hot chocolate with separate flakes and marshmallows to take away the chills on a cold December afternoon / evening
  • Fantastic evening event with concert, hot food, illuminated beautiful buildings and atmospheric walk around the lakes at dusk. So well run and managed. Excellent experience.
  • possibly the most idealic soothing place in the world. possibly my most favorite place in the UK!! beautiful one for the bucket list, excellent facilities as well and fantastic new play park for all ages of children
  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Grade 1 Listed Well worth a Visit, around Studley Royal there is about 500 Deer roaming around, so do Keep to the paths for safety. The scenery is Fantastic, which include self made waterways, and the walks are great many involve hills as the Abbey is set in a Valley. The Abbey many parts are in remarkable condition.