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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This place took my breath away. Everything about it amazing, the Abbey, the foundations, the cafe, the water mill and the house. You've got to see it to believe it. Go and see for yourself.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

very beautiful place indeed lovely place to walk and enjoy the landscape. there was nothing to dislike

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Hi, I've visited the place in many ocassions and in all it's a beautiful and magial place. The whole setting is amazing. The ruins are very well preserved. The water gardens are very pretty. The walks around the whole are are lovely and peaceful. There are deers wandering around the park. During summer times they used to organise concerts and... More

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Romford
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

To be honest, we'd never heard of the place. We came across it when researching for a stop off, on our journey from London to Newcastle. Boy were we glad we took the time, whilst the actual history of the site does not feature prominent figures. The abbey ruins are spectacular and we defy anybody not to be impressed by... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Visited over the weekend. Beautiful Abbey, loved the Mill museum and the Porter's Lodge. The walk was stunning, amazing views from the various Follies. A great walk!

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Another visit to "Fountains" on a glorious day- hard to beat. Splendid visitor centre, excellent ice creams but rather expensive plants on sale! Although or because we know this place quite well, we didn't pick up a map when beginning our tour and this highlighted the need for better on-site visitor information about the extensive abbey ruins. A recent review... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Fountains Abbey is in a beautiful setting. We joined a tour and it was really informative, the guide really knew his stuff and made the abbey and it, s fomer life come to life.

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Fountains Abbey is run by the National Trust, which means it's quite expensive to get in, but there are plenty of people around to give you information and guidance. There are guided tours of the abbey or you can go at your own pace and take it all in. The grounds are huge, especially the deer park area, where we... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We visited on a very hot day and arrived mid-afternoon. The ruins of Fountains Abbey are majestic - quite the best of any ruined Abbey in the UK. Architecturally a masterpiece - with some of the remaining bits still in very good condition. You can easily visualise the monks going about their business. Studley Royal Water Gardens? Well it is... More

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Lovely walk in beautiful surroundings, the lake is very pretty and there are toilets and tea rooms. Keep an eye open for the deer and other wide life. The Abbey is also well worth seeing very magestic

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