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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 13 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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Wigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Excellent - three in one - Fountains Abbey, Studley Water Garden and the hall, all of which well worth a visit on their own. The Abbey remains are stunning, as is the water garden, which was not, as I supposed, a small add on extra - it was stunningly beautiful on a sunny Autumn afternoon. The grounds were immaculately kept... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Walking from the visitor centre Fountains Abbey is hidden down in the valley, but what a sight when you reach it, stunning against a blue sky.We joined a tour of the Water Garden with Christopher, a very knowledgeable volunteer guide - just my husband and I, but it gave a real insight into the history and creation. Lunched at the... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Stunning! The Abbey was huge, there is also the Hall in the grounds where you can look into 3 ground floor rooms, we also visited the mill and sat and listened to the history of the Abbey etc.

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Thornton-Cleveleys
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

Picturesque ruins, set in extensive landscaped gardens. The largest and most complete ruin we visited during our week long tour of local abbeys and castles. We enjoyed just wandering round the ruins in the early autumn sun. After a picnic lunch we enjoyed a leisurely stroll round the beautifully landscaped water gardens. Our grandson enjoyed a happy half hour in... More

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Powell, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Fountains Abbey was so beautiful. We got there about 45 min before it opened and walked to the deer park which was nice to see in the morning with no one else around. The Abbey ruins were so massive, it's easy to imagine how big and beautiful it must have been. The view from Anne Boleyn's seat was breathtaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Amazingly atmospheric place, beautiful and yet sad thinking of the destruction in Henry VIII's time. Ghastly lunch at café, with hot cooked cheese dish cold in the middle. Would go back but not to café.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was my third visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Garden but by far the most enjoyable. I am a Hiker and on days when I prefer something more leisurely than the nearby Yorkshire Dales, I find Fountains Abbey a nice place to walk and enjoy the gardens and water features. On my recent visit I joined on a... More

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cotswolds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We left the cars in Studley Roger and walked through the deer park where we saw literally hundreds of deer who seemed to be in full rut mode by the noise they were making. The walk round the water gardens and the Abbey was in Autumn sunshine and there can't be a nicer place to walk in the UK. we... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great experience from the start. From the visitor centre follow the cliff path through fields full of pheasants and see the abbey slowly revealed from above. We arrived late afternoon on a sunny autumn day which was great for the light. The abbey grounds are massive. Apart from the roof most of it is there. The atmosphere and situation is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Abbey was pillaged on behalf of Henry VIII at the dissolution of the monasteries, but the ruins are well worth seeing. Good explanations too of what you are looking at. The walk there, or back through Studley Royal is wonderful on a fine day.

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