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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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Address: Ripon HG4 3DY, England
Phone Number: 44-1765-608-888
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Great ruined abbey

Beautiful, tranquil place. Plenty of free car parking. Great walk from the abbey itself to the lake. Number of food outlets around (the scones at the lakeside tea rooms are to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A large ruined Abbey to explore, plenty of places to have a picknick. Good footpaths to walk on, though some are steep. £11 pounds for adults, but be warned they try to add a percentage on to the entrance fee, and one of the ladies at the entrance was rude and not happy that I spotted this sneeky trick. There... More 

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Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our day here exploring the old ruins and a nice relaxing walk along the side of the river to the water park area. Lots of bench's for people to sit on around the park so you can just sit back and enjoy the views. I do recommend you take a picnic with you as the price's in the... More 

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Took the trip here after visiting Whitby Abbey in the morning. So much bigger, they take your breathe away as you look up and around. World Heritage site, into which you gain free entry as a National Trust member. The cellars are particularly awesome, especially at the end of the day finding yourself almost alone on site with the pigeons... More 

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Haslingden, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, tranquil place. Plenty of free car parking. Great walk from the abbey itself to the lake. Number of food outlets around (the scones at the lakeside tea rooms are to die for). Great photo opportunities.

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A good day out with plenty to see and do. Some paths are steep but there is a road train to take the strain.

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Spent a good 4 hours here with my wife and grand-daughter ,very interesting place to visit the Abbey has a lot of history ,then you can go for the walk around the water gardens great place to take the kids and let them run wild ,take a picnic ,if you not that fit there is a bus to drop you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Whatever season you visit Fountain's Abbey, it is always a joy to wander through the ruins, the park, the house and the water gardens, recently restored, of this National Trust property. As a family and with visitors from all over the world we have been "showing off" Fountains for 40 years. Enter from the B6256 (Pately Bridge to Ripon road)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

As I entered onto the grounds of the Abbey, I some how felt a calmness come over me. I was astonished. To walk through the ruins and try to imagine what life was like here in the mid 1130's. This was an abbey for the Cistercians, an order of religious monks and nuns, sometimes referred to as the Trappists. This... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Take a tour to the past and dive into the history! Beautiful ruins of Abby to explore. Standard tickets cost 11£ per person and theres a lot to explore. Its quite a walk but worth it. We had only about 2 hours to explore so could only visit the Abbey and the water garden as we were stuck for 30... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This Abbey was founded in 1132 and suffered under the dissolution of the monasteries wrought by King Henry VIII. The scale is enormous as must have been the wealth to build it and support it. The engineering and architectural skills required to construct the buildings had to be immense. The site is on a large scale and needs a few... More 

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Address: Address: Ripon HG4 3DY, England
Phone Number: 44-1765-608-888
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Ripon

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