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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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As a member of the National Trust I took some of my Family for a day out at Fountains Abbey, thinking the deer Park would be a good place to Park as we had children with us, we found the car park nearly empty why £5 to park plus the cost of entry where the staff pushed for the higher... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We spent the whole day at Fountains Abbey and really enjoyed it. We parked, walked to the abbey and the amazing ruins then spent about an hour exploring. So much to see we were amazed at how extensive the ruins actually are. You can clamber over a lot of the old stones, there are some incredibly well preserved parts and... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I called in to Fountains Abbey on my way north and what a pleasant surprise. There are all the usual facilities inc,restraunt,gift shop etc. There is a way to walk from the visitor centre but it is so lovely and peaceful and an excellent way to spend a few hours before getting back in the car for a few more... More

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Hampton On Thames
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

it is such a beautiful place that all is forgiven! The atmosphere of the buildings and the lovely gardens make up for any bad weather.

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Eye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Unusually for NT, this attraction is mainly ruins, normally the domain of English Heritage. The main attraction is a distance away from the Abbey and Mill and would be a challenge if you don't walk well. There is another entrance that it much the same distance but you walk past the water gardens that are wonderful and it is mainly... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Visited today, family of 5 using our nt membership, had we have paid on the door price I would have been ddisappointed. A few gripes are the complete lack of bins, bought take out drinks and ice lollies and had to carry them around with us, this explains why there was some litter, please consider a few bins. Dogs on... More

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We've been here lots in the past and it is an incredible site. Park at the deerpark lakeside for a nice walk to the abbey. This time we decided for the first time to visit the church in the deerpark. At the entrance were three stewards (three!) for a small church. Inside they almost fought to hand over an information... More

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

One of the best NT I have visited,excellent tour guide takes 2hrs well worth it to take the tour.Gardens are so beautiful spent 7hrs there,staff very friendly and helpful....food at the cafe excellent and well served....

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Yoxall, United Kingdom
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Decided to visit after seeing this place on the Tour de France . Was not disappointed . It was a beautiful sunny day which helped but the Abbey ruins and gardens were stunning , atmospheric and tranquil. Loved walking around the grounds . All in all it was a first class attraction . Wished we had taken a picnic to... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We brought a picnic lunch for our 4- and 1-year-old and had what may be our favorite day of our vacation in England. The playground on the way in was a nice touch but we had no problem whittling away a couple of hours exploring the abbey ruins and then even more time walking to the far end of the... More

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