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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Ripon HG4 3DY, England
44-1765-608-888
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Ripon
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Missions, Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description:   Sheltered in a secluded valley only around 3 miles from Ripon lies Fountains Abbey, one of the most historic and beautiful places in Europe. A... more »
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I live a short distance from Fountains Abbey and therefore visit it often. What a great Abbey to visit. The visitor centre has a shop and Restaurant and there are plants to buy if you so choose. The Abbey is a short walk from here down a steepish hill,but never mind, you will like it when you get to the... More

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Fountains Abbey should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Magnificent grounds full of beautiful trees and plants. Lots of fascinating walks and exceptional water features. A superb safe play area for children, Several cafes non of which are cheap but good quality food and drink. This is a National Trust property although entrance can be gained by non... More

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Live fairly close so visit on a fairly regular basis. It is first on the list of places to take friends who come to visit. The site is huge so expect to spend at least 3 hours to get an overview - more if you want to explore properly. The Abbey ruins are wonderful and accessible - so not too... More

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Fascinating national trust attraction. No visit to North Yorkshire is complete without a visit to Fountains Abbey (and potentially Studley Royal deer park and seven bridges which are next door). The Abbey is impressive and the setting and gardens amazing. There is also a child's play area (at the visitor centre) to keep the little ones interested either before or... More

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RIPON N.YORKS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

people of all ages will enjoy the experience of Fountains Abbey and Studley Park.It is so beautiful and well worth its status.We locals visit frequently and tea shops are a must.

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Live nearby so regular visitors, often to walk the grounds, sometimes just to visit the Tea Room. Grandchildren love to visit ("Mountains Abbey" as the 3 year old calls it) as they always have something for kids to do/participate in.

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Lovely day out with the children and dog after seeing fountains abbey with picnic then through the gate to studley for Ice cream and walk over 7 bridges. Lovely for all ages

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Huddersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We never tire of fountains abbey. It feels very atmospheric, and the views are fantastic. Lots of pheasants running around and nice walks. It looks different in each season, lots of places to have a picnic too, as well as a cafe. It is a national trust place.

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We had a fabulous full day out and are really looking forward to going back and seeing some more. The Abbey is stunningly beautiful, the Water Garden is breath taking and there are a couple of tea shops for tasty National Trust cakes and scones! We never got chance to visit the deer park or St Mary's Church but there's... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Had a great day, very well laid out from reception, and the gift shop had some surprisingly cheap historical books. It was probably the start of Spring today and a delight to wander around the Abbey and grounds. One slight recommendation, maybe have more information boards in the abbey as to what went on, where the history lay, to give... More

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