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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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  • We easily spent 3 1/2 hours here and didn't get a chance to explore the deer park or the church. If you are energetic, you could fill a day here. The Abbey and the Garden are both so beautiful and wel...  more »
  • We're a mature couple with our dog & was really impressed with this place, we didn't pay the fee for the abbey we just walked the deer park & grounds & took a picnic, it's huge & I mean huge & loads o...  more »
  • Our whole family went to stay at The Choiresters House in Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal Park for my 60th Birthday. It was the best holiday break experience for all of us. Our view of St Marys Church f...  more »
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  • Stunning! UK heritage. A great place to visit; suit for both a romantic day out and a family day. There are coffee places; you can bring your picnic, too. Plenty of places and ground to walk around.
  • Unrivalled views in a beautiful setting. Fountains Abbey has become a favourite family outing of ours. We've paid many visits over the past 2 years and our 4 children have never been stuck for something to do. There is a children's play area but I'd say it's more suited to 7+ kids rather than young ones. There is a steep hill to walk down to get in which, of course, means a climb to get back, but if you can make it, it's well worth it. There's often events happening in the grounds. We visited this time at Easter and were happy to find an Easter egg hunt. Be sure to check the board as you exit the reception and the signs on the back of the toilet doors for what's coming up!
  • Love the place never over crowded lots of space good restaurant, deer pasture great walks with views water gardens and ice cream. One of my favourite places to wander.
  • Very impressive landmark in UK heritage. It definitely worth a visit. I love the place, the walk, the views, the water gardens.... everything. Beautiful beautiful beautiful
  • Plenty of space for kids to run around. Nice park. Location is stunning, well maintained. Was well worth the 1.5hr travel and will certainly return in summer when the weather is nicer.

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