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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 are NT members so didn’t have to pay to get in BUT would quite happily have paid the entry fee required for what turned into a full day out. Wandering around the ruins imagining how it was...
We are NT members so didn’t have to pay to get in BUT would quite happily have paid the entry fee required for what turned into a full day out. Wandering around the ruins imagining how it was... more »
Breathtaking historical site with beautiful country walks around the grounds and country park , highlight for us has to be the Abbey itself an incredible experience.
Breathtaking historical site with beautiful country walks around the grounds and country park , highlight for us has to be the Abbey itself an incredible experience. more »
A beautiful place . An experience not to be missed if you are in the area . Wonderful ambiance , sense of history, surrounding area . Loads of opportunities for different walks . Lots to learn from.... more
A beautiful place . An experience not to be missed if you are in the area . Wonderful ambiance , sense of history, surrounding area . Loads of opportunities for different walks . Lots to learn from.... more »
Absolutely beautiful place. Bit pricey, but if you visit on a nice day and stay for a picnic it's worth the money. There is so much more to see than the Abbey. The park is huge and the further you get into it the prettier it seems to get. There is wild deer at the far end. Dog friendly too, which is always a bonus for us.
First visit back here for quite a while and is as beautiful as I remember. The Abbey is amazing and evokes thoughts of what it must have been like in its day... very spectacular. The water garden too is a lovely walk. The lakes were a little clouded over with algae and weed probably due to all the hot weather this year but nevertheless it still looks great. Lots of walks with lots to see and do... a must National Trust place to visit.
We went in First week of September and weather was perfect. It has nice long walk if you park near information centre. Try to park near Abbey car park then it will be easy and short cut. If you are national trust member then you can save £42 for family of 4. Otherwise £17 for adult and £12 for children for entry. There are children play area. 2 cafes. Many places to explore
A wonderful day out. Would highly recommend. We had a lovely day here, the gardens are huge and accept dogs. There’s so much to look at it’s actually hard to do in one trip. We also had lunch in the cafe, it offered many options with good, quick and friendly service.
Incredible place. Steeped in history. There is plenty of parking, reception is efficient. Non National trust members costs £17 (I think). The ground are incredible and extensive you can walk around and through the ruined Abbey. Some of the stone vaulted ceilings are intact and you can walk through, feeling the history. There is one area you can walk on the floor above the vaulted ceilings. The remains of the huge arched windows give a clue to the original magnificence. The drying room is intact and still has the 5 storey chimney. Walking the grounds there are many buildings and follies. The Water gardens are stunning and there are several cafes for a cold/hot drink and snack. This is an excellent day out for the whole family.
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