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“December weekends a must!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
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“December weekends a must!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

Having been to Fountains Abbey before, a beautiful day with the sun shining (rare occurance this year, I know) walked around all the Abbey and Studley that time, took a picnic and spent the whole day there. This time is was very different, when I heard that Fountains was lit with coloured lighting and pre-recorded carol singing would be played every weekend during December, I just had to go. All I can say is that it is truly magical, a fantastic experience if you love the Abbey already, to see it in all its glory with colourful lighting and the beautiful sound of the carols was truly special. Thankyou National Trust for this experience. Cant wait to do it again next year! :) :) See the lights and music saturdays and sundays during December, last admittance is 4 pm so dont miss out.

Visited December 2012
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“Light Entertainment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

The approach to the Abbey is welcoming with the Christmas Trees that have coloured lights on them. There is free car parking for National Trust members and it is quite close to the visitor centre, cafe, and gift shop. All the staff here were friendly and informative. Currently the Abbey is illuminated with lights and adds to the enjoyment of this impressive Abbey which is set in beautiful grounds. This is a seasonal display and I would recommend a visit in late afternoon and take advantage of dusk and the early evening night before closing at 5.30. There is a lot to see so visit several times and encompass all the grounds which are extensive and well worth seeing. It has a lovely model of Fountains Abbey which gives an idea of the scale and all the various elements that made this place one of the great monastic sites in England. The Mill is informative and Disabled friendly with a lift provided to enable seeing the upper stories, take time to see it.

Visited December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“National Trust Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

The gardens are extensive. it will take a full day + to see all grounds and buildings. again all the staff are most friendly and helpful

Visited December 2012
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful National Trust site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Fabulous gardens and historic Abbey remains. Good cafes close to both main entrances. Free parking for Trust Members.

Visited October 2012
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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“Lovely day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Beautiful surroundings, excellant cafe and gift shop. Worth a visit any time of the year as something exciting and seasonal is always happening here.

Visited November 2012
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