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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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A tranquill vista

This is a European heritage site of great historical interest, being perhaps the most intact of the Cistercian monasteries laid waste by Henry VIII. The remaining buildings are... read more

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a European heritage site of great historical interest, being perhaps the most intact of the Cistercian monasteries laid waste by Henry VIII. The remaining buildings are extensive - much more so than, say, Tintern Abbey. However, there is much more to the site than this and the walk around the lake is in itself salubrious and tranquil and... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to fountains abbey. It is National Trust so can work out to be an expensive day out with admission and lunch if you eat at the cafe especially for families. However you can take a picnic and there is plenty of space available and benches. There is a lot of walking if you want to see... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a beautiful day out we had at this wonderful location. Everything about Fountains Abbey and Study Royal Water Garden is Magical. We stayed for 5 hours until closing time, and could easily have stayed at least another 2 hours if we had not been advised it was closing time. Give yourself a whole day to explore this scenic site.... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The most awesome National Trust Property I have visited. Wonderful grounds, lots of pathways for easy walking, (many inclines, so I'm not sure if it would be suitable for wheelchairs). Lots of families picnic-ing while we were there, but also a couple of cafes on site. The Abbey ruins are amazing and plenty of information plaques for those who need... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is my second time coming here. The first time I never knew about the other entrance. This time. We had two cars and one has a blue badge so parked on the disabled car park at the bottom which is great and all flat. I would advise parking here with wheelchairs and prams. The entrance is just over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We always make a point of visiting when in the area. The abbey is a lovely place to visit and very atmospheric. There are lots of walks around the abbey and the water gardens. Also special exhibitions from time to time. Good food and drinks are available at the three restaurants spread throughout the site. A visit is highly recommended.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited here on a bank holiday Saturday, reasonably early we parked up about 10.30am and it wasn't too busy. Parking is easy though and staff are on hand to let you know where to go. there is so much to see that I would say you need more than 3 hours, we didn't leave until after 2.30 in the afternoon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely beautiful place. From the magnificent abbey ruins to the water gardens, this site is breathtaking, and fully deserves its Unesco World Heritage status. I work for English Heritage, so we managed to get in free, but it is well worth the admission price. The cafe was very good too, and we enjoyed a beautiful view across the lake as... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is so much more than the ruins of an Abbey (although these are impressive enough). Set on a massive estate you find yourself taken on a woodland walk past a fantastic children's play area leading to a path down to the Abbey, a mill with a working water-wheel, Fountains Hall, a stunning orchard, and a Porters Lodge featuring... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This had something for everyone. Parking was well organised and easy. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We went on the path to the left towards the abbey and then continued down to the water garden before taking the top path back round so we could see the spectacular views. We ended the visit at the adventure playground which was... More 

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