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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 12 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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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Walking around these spectacular ruins it helped you picture what Fountains Abbey would have been like in the 16th century before it was destroyed by Henry VIII as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. The walk around Studley Royal water garden is also well worth it.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Really nice day out. Beautiful grounds and an old Abbey to explore. The grounds, lakes are kept in pristine condition. Statues and a deer park. There is a shop and a visitors centre. A restaurant and cafe. We took a picnic and incoperated the day with a visit of Brimham Rocks which is excellent and by far the best free... More

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Richmond, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Spend a whole day exploring the beauty of this heritage site. Wear good walking shoes and immerse yourself in the history and tranquility of the place.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Visited today with Niece and partner from Melbourne. had a most fantastic , informative and fun guided tour led by Michael... Cannot recommend this enough, brought the whole place to life.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Living in Harrogate and being a National Trust member makes regular visits to Fountains Abbey very easy (and cheap!) Whether you just fancy a stroll around the water gardens with the dog or a full day out with the kids and a picnic, there's plenty for everyone. It's also a photographer's dream. So many classic views you'll be spoilt for... More

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Boston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

A must visit if you are in the area, loads of history, loads of well cared gardens and a genuine Nat Trust gem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We visited Fountains Abbey during a recent holiday in North Yorkshire and ended up spending about 4-5 hours here, it was so incredible and there was so much to see. The abbey ruins are remarkably intact in many places and there are incredible huge tall arches everywhere you look! I took so many photos as each way you turned was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a fabulous day out here during August. We were lucky as it was a beautifully sunny day and we made the most of it, spending a few hours wandering around the stunning grounds. Even though the car parks were packed the grounds are so large that it still felt peaceful. Everything was kept so beautifully and we enjoyed... More

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Harrow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Fountains Abbey is a lovely place to visit in a beautiful setting, I would highly recommend, being a ruin this would be better to visit when dry.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We spent two hours looking at the private residence on this property and then walked all around the remains of the Abbey and afterward strolled through the magnificent gardens. Such lush green grass, trees, perfectly trimmed hedges and fabulous ponds, tiny babbling brooks, massive reflection ponds, beautiful statues and little tiny buildings dotted all over the property, where hundredsof years... More

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