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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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Address: Ripon HG4 3DY, England
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Beautiful location! A great place for a walk amongst the snowdrops! The coffee shop is also worth a visit - a treat after the walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful location! A great place for a walk amongst the snowdrops! The coffee shop is also worth a visit - a treat after the walk.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic place, features and scenery. Poorly managed however. After a long walk, we staggered into the tearoom on a cold winters day, looking forward to a hot meal and drink. The place was almost closed due to painting and the only available tables were outside !

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely explore of the Abbey ruins and Water Gardens. Lots of snowdrops and beautiful landscapes to see and pleasant walk. We had a nice lunch and beverages. Pity about Henry VIII abbey must have been magnificent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A stunning National Trust site,however because we were English Heritage members it is also free. The Abbey is simply stunning and incredibly impressive,you definitely need plenty of time of explore not only the abbey but the mill and surrounding buildings. The videos are extremely informative and you get a true insight of life in the Abbey. Upon out last visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An amazing place. Abbey itself is enormous and highly impressing. Make sure you have plenty of time to walk around and have a proper look at the gardens. Wonderful. And gives you a piece of mind.The route back via the church to the visitor centre not to obviously signed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A National Trust site. The abbey ruins are enormous. It is Beautiful,even in winter. Saw lots of pheasants and snowdrops. The water garden is impressive as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was a very interesting visit! Lots of information and views are stunning. I had never visited such an old abbey site with so many buildings still standing. Would definitely recommend to all, and even to families because children can run, climb or hide anywhere on the site. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy in the café area beside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited Fountains Abbey and the Water gardens many times. It Is a stunning location and never fails to impress us. The walks are very accessible with tea shops at either end. Lots of parking too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Abbey was its wonderful self. Lots of explaining to grandkids about monks, reformation, dissolution of monasteries, and so on. They have a bigger improved adventure playground which was a bonus. Nice that all the wood seemed to be reclaimed boughs, rather than factory cut pieces. Restaurant cakes, large choice, homemade, and big pieces! A good visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This has got to be one of the largest ruined historic sites in Britain. You get an evocotive idea of the size and importance of pre-reformation christian establishments. There is enough to keep you occupied all day with the incredible Abbey itself, the beautiful Fountains Hall, the landscaped gardens and water features as well a various exhibitions. Most of the... More 

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