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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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We had a lovely day at the abbey- it's beautiful to look around and really interesting. We did the walk down to the bridge but didn't venture any further in the rain. The tea room... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely day at the abbey- it's beautiful to look around and really interesting. We did the walk down to the bridge but didn't venture any further in the rain. The tea room is over priced a bit but it was nice to sit at the window and watch the all of thw differnt birds. Without national trust... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely day at the Abbey and Gardens, it really was like taking a step back in time. We had a tasty lunch in the restaurant, then wandered around the grounds. It was so peaceful, sitting by the lake and taking in the views. The staff are friendly and helpful, and we saw lots of birds and wildlife.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

If you go nowhere else in Great Britain - this is a must see & experience. Start at the visitor centre and perhaps join one of the guided walk tours. Breathe in Yorkshire is the only way to describe this attraction - all year round. Quite simply - OUTSTANDING

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We are regular visitors to Fountains but haven't been since October (closed on Fridays in winter due to pheasant shooting). It was a really, really cold day with mist hanging over the top of the abbey tower - so atmospheric. Woods full of snowdrops (couple of months it will be bluebells, violets and primroses) and those pheasants lucky enough to... More 

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St. Annes-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

We visited during half term on a rainy day. The car park was surprisingly quiet and they had plenty of friendly staff to greet and get us in to the property. A stunning place, the abbey ruins are great, but the walks and gardens are beautiful. Loads of birds and wildlife to see. We visited the cafe at the far... More 

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A most interesting "walk". 2 of our party of 4 are camera mad (one studying photography at college). There were mountains of snowdrops in bloom to photograph or just enjoy. The interpretation of ongoing restoration was welcome and fascinating. And with life membership of NT its all FREE! We were there for 4 hours, had lunch in the restaurant, afternoon... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Fountains Abbey is a must for a family visit. Beautiful and stunning surroundings full of history and splendor. The water gardens with wild birds resting on the water and carpets of snowdrops everywhere creates calm and relaxing emotions within oneself. Extremely well maintained and plenty to take in. There is a lovely place to buy souvenirs and a good restaurant... More 

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Not to be missed, so much to see and do for all ages. The Water Gardens and deer Park are beautiful. Curtesy bus available and so helpful. Loads of information available from very friendly people

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nice restaurant for lunch and snacks, good parking, lovely parkland with deer and everything wild, beautiful and English

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

At first we walked around the deer park... To find no deer, but we entered the actual site at 10 near the winter gardens.. Wow, such a pristine, well kept pleasure to see, absolutely stunning surroundings that you'd have to see to believe. The abbey itself is incredible, your imagination runs wild when walking through such a beautiful historic building,... More 

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