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Fountains Abbey, Ripon

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • I love this pace. It is do serene. Perfect for pick nick's as well as a bit of a play about. The atmosphere is serene (even when busy ) and the grounds have some lovely walks. Well worth a visit 
  • What can anyone say about Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal . To add my point of view it is a truly wonderful place to be able to walk around not only the magnificent Abbey but the grounds are just as...  read more »
  • My wife and I stayed in Ripon along with our Son and his Family and made the short trip to the Abbey. This was our 2nd. trip and the first for our Son, Wife and two small children under five. I spent ...  read more »
  • Fantastic ruined abbey, well worth visiting. The walk around the rest of the site is also just as good and even on a rainy day is good. Fair warning though, if there's a chance it might rain you should take an umbrella or have a coat, there really is no hiding from the rain when it comes and it's a long way back to the car park. If you're under 25 it's also probably worth getting a membership, the cost would be recuperated within a few visits to sites. A great day out!
  • A magical place, love wondering round the abbey, long walks so need plenty of time but we'll worth it, the only down fall is the price of food so probably a good idea to take a picnic. I RETURNED TODAY 19TH JUNE 16 AROUND THE THREE LAKES (FULL CIRCLE WITH TWO KIND OF HALF CIRCLES) WAS LITTERED WITH DOG POO AND I MEAN LITTERED, I CAN'T STRESS HOW MUCH WAS THERE. THAT DEFINITELY NEEDS SORTING, DISGUSTING!!!!!!!
  • We were lucky that the weather was beautiful and made the abbey shine. It is so interesting to walk around the ruins and imagine how it would have looked. There were lots of people including lots of children enjoy the day, which was lovely to see. I would recommend a picnic though, as the food was poor and very expensive in the abbey grounds.
  • Stunning ruins, a large amount of it left. Especially since the roof was removed to prevent monks from returning. Great location for views and to learn about the history. Though do wear good shoes for walking when visiting.
  • Stunning ruins of a sprawling Abbey set in beautiful grounds, well worth a visit, perfect place to take a picnic and soak up the views. The lakeside tea room is very nice set in a beautiful location on the lakeside however their choice of food is not great and is quite expensive.
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