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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 13 Attractions in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Walking from the Studley Park entrance, around the formal water gardens laid out over 200 years ago, still doesn't prepare you for the breath-taking view up the river valley as the Abbey comes into view with the magnificent (and intact) Huby's Tower adjoining! Still exciting walking down from the modern Visitor Centre but you see the Abbey straight away, there's... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I have lived in Yorkshire all of my life and never new Fountains Abbey existed!!! We visited with my in-laws who live in Harrogate on World Heritage day and was completely blown away. The Abbey itself is amazing, so full of character and history, I could have spent all day there. We then walked around the grounds which are just... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Went to the abbey and gardens with the girlfriend on a recent trip to the Dales. Abbey was impressive and well worth the trip taking around an hour to look around. The gardens were also a great look walk with amazing views (particularly when you take the high line). When we thought we were done we stumbled on the mill... More

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London, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We visited Harrogate for one day and decided to visit this National Trust Property from the brochures in our hotel. Delighted with the choice we made. David was an excellent guide around Studely Royal, the weather was perfect. Fully recommend a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The beautiful setting of this huge 12th century ruined Abbey is in a tranquil valley near Ripon. Operated by the National Trust the excellent hour-plus guided tours of the Abbey may be followed by enjoying the other features, quiet walks through the water gardens to the lake, the water mill and the church but the abbey is definitely the star.... More

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

What a terribly lovely time we had there. Nicely designed park and enormous Abbey, one might even quite rightly describe it as a gigantic building, ruins to be precise, but well preserved with some wonderful vaulted passages. The downside was lack of sufficient information about places you visit. There some numbers on the walls, so probably you could find out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Absolutely loved this place! It is truly a beautiful setting, very peaceful and photogenic and when you think that you are done there are the water gardens to explore. If you are not up to the walk from the Abbey to the water gardens then drive down the road to Studley Roger and enter the deer park, park next to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

As we'd arranged to meet some old friends later in the day, our time here was limited. We visited on a beautiful day, which undoubtedly helps, both in terms of lasting memories and photography. We did not do the place justice, due to our lack of time, but were able to soak up the atmosphere in relation to the outdoor... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

On the leaflet one visitor said it was a place for peaceful contemplation - well, once the helicopter flypast, chainsaws, tractor mowers, aerobatic display and ploughing had all had their say then, yes, this is a mystical, serene and peaceful setting!!!!! On arrival there is ample parking, although the manner in which you have to park is a bit mystifying.... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Having visited Fountains Abbey several times, it was a joy to call in again today. Each time we visit we discover something new - this time the scale model of the Abbey as it would have been before Henry VIII's depredations and a good narrative of the Abbey with a time-line to compare with selected world events along the way.... More

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