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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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This is one of my favourite places in the world. It's got everything: amazing ruins - Henry VIII not only reformed the church for the better, he also left a legacy of incredible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favourite places in the world. It's got everything: amazing ruins - Henry VIII not only reformed the church for the better, he also left a legacy of incredible ruins for future generations to enjoy - gorgeous gardens, woodland walks, luxuriant lakes and tempting tea rooms. Not a bad word to say about Fountains Abbey and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely parks and gardens with plenty of space for small children and adults to run and roam including a huge lake with ducks, geese and swans. You can spend plenty of time here for free and the only criticism would be having to pay for the (ruined) Abbey itself and the retail outlets are a bit pricey. We also went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A beautiful tranquil setting with lovely walks and great scenery. We took guided tour and our guide was well informed and obviously passionate about the Abbey.

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is a great day out. Unfortunately, all I wanted to see was the abbey but there is no separate fee for this. Also, you are conned into paying extra (£12.10 for gift aid as opposed to £11 not) for gift aid without realising this was extra! Guide books are £5 so all in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful walk around the water gardens with stunning views. The Abbey ruins were very interesting as was the mill, Refreshments available. This was a great day out for the whole family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Wow, what can I say about this place that hasn't been said before. My children and visited over the recent bank holiday weekend while we were camping in North Yorkshire. The site was well signposted and there was plenty of parking with National Trust volunteers ensuring that each bay was filled up in order. As a NT member I cannot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This must be one of the best NT places we have visited. The ruins of the Abbey are astounding and the Water Gardens are superb. There is so much to see that you can spend several hours here and on a sunny day I would recommend taking a picnic as there is so much open space. There is a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Went here for first time the ruins are fantastic and well kept ,the grounds can be uneven so care is needed .We walked for miles around the water garden and up to st Mary's church ,breath taking views and very relaxing and peaceful could have spent longer then the three hours that we did. Staff are friendly and toilets are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Great day, long walk, disappointing cafe, great play ground! Our children felt it was a very long walk, and a bit boring but we the adults had a great day. The Abbey is awesome, and the walk to sudley Park is lovely. They have art installations in the follies ( not worth the diversion or the hill). There is also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I had wanted to visit here for ages and I was not disappointed. We spent a good 3-4 hours wondering round and we don't walk slowly! The ruins were spectacular, we were so lucky with the weather. You can walk and walk here, so wear comfy shoes and make sure you stock up on refreshments. A lot of people had... More 

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