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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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Stunning and atmospheric place!

We found this ancient site fascinating and would recommend it highly. It is much larger than we had imagined and we felt like we had been transported back in time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We found this ancient site fascinating and would recommend it highly. It is much larger than we had imagined and we felt like we had been transported back in time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This garden simply overwhelmed us. We seriously underestimated the size. To make a full loop walking, you need at least an hour. The scenery is just unrivaled with manicured lawns, a sheep pasture, a stream and lake complete with fountains, and of course a Cistercian abbey ruin. Exploring this property is endless. There is also a garden center for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant place for a stroll or a picnic. Great ice cream and lovely staff. Well worth a visit. Wished we had longer than the 2 hours we were limited to. We will be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

At first I thought the entrance fee was a little steep, but after walking around I thought it was money well spent. I'm planning on going back in ghe autumn to see the change in the foliage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with a picnic basket, grown up daughter and her significant other. The sun was shining and the world out enjoying it. Families of all shapes and sizes found more than enough space for cricket, cuddling, snoozing and snacking. One of those days and places when everyone is happy and holding hands. The abbey is in sheltered valley making... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely visit to Fountains with a great picnic in the Abbey ruins, lots of exploring and adventuring by all. Looking forward to the new kids play area which is under construction and looks fab.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had an amazing day out here whilst having a weekend break in North Yorkshire. It was a lovely sunny day so we could have spent the whole day here. Would be great for the whole family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Abbey itself is amazing with beautiful grounds. On the day of our visit, there was a guided tour of the Abbey and the gardens at 1pm and we would encourage every visitor to use it. Our guide, Peter, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Abbey and passed his knowledge on in an entertaining way. The tour took... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fuelled with enthusiasm from all the reviews and also the write up in the Lonely Planet, we decided to drive out of our way to visit. Plenty of free and easy parking. The gardens are indeed spectacular and extensive - mainly lawns. And yes, the Water Garden is beautiful, especially as the weather was sunny. But for me the only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a huge site with many beautiful features which can easily take up a whole day of interesting walks., so its worth having a good look at the National Trust website to plan your visit. There is ample free parking at the main visitor centre but also at the lakeside and the mill,, there are also cafes at the... More 

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