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“Amazing Abbey”

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
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$55.25*
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Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey Small-Group...
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Ripon
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Explore a great abbey and elegant water garden at this World Heritage Site near Harrogate, with outdoor sculpture in the garden until November 4. Cistercian monks chose this place to establish Fountains Abbey in 1132, and the walls echo with centuries-old stories. Follow the riverside path to Studley Royal, a playful water garden designed by visionaries John and William Aislabie in the 18th century. You can spend a day amongst statues, follies and cascades, discovering new outdoor sculptures in the garden before venturing beyond the lake to Studley Royal deer park, with ancient lime tree avenues and red, fallow and sika deer. Eat, shop, stay Restaurant serving daily specials and Sunday lunches. Lighter bites at Mill Café and Studley tea-room with lake views/terrace. Picnics welcome. Large shop with gardening section. Stay at one of 14 holiday cottages, including a cosy waterside lodge and elegant apartment inside Jacobean Fountains Hall.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Abbey itself is somewhat architecturally brilliant to look around. You also can find hidden gems in this abbey which is brilliant. This is a must see attraction for people who are interested in historical buildings.
The gardens in Sudley Royal are good, but could do with a bit more flowers to brighten the place up a bit.
The only down side is the lack of signage of where to go and signs round the abbey so you know the history behind the rooms, which you never learn unless you go on a guided tour around the abbey.
Overall it is a must see.

Thank Adam W
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Always worth a visit in sunny or snowy weather, Fountains Abbey is a really impressive place. The grounds are huge, with manicured lakes, a kids playground and a deer park to explore beyond the abbey.

The Abbey itself is very impressive. Still in fairly good condition, the ruins - of what must have been a very impressive place in it's day - make for some great photograph opportunities. The grounds in the National Trust section of the site are very manicured and pleasant to walk around. Outside of the the NT section there is the Studley Royal Deer Park, full of deer and also St. Mary's Church. Studley also has '7' bridges to cross on a nice walk down an old river valley.

All in all, this is a great day out, with so much to see.

Thank 2wreckless
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were fortunate to visit Fountains Abbey on a hot sunny day and it was a lovely day. If it had been raining it would have been different as it is all outside. The ruins are a fabulous sight along with the gardens of Studley Royal. We chose not to take the guided tour as the times just didn't work for us, but on reflection we wish we had because the information around the site is poor. The reception did advise of the walk down to the abbey and mentioned a shuttle bus which we never saw. Not a problem for us but some less mobile did struggle with the walk and clearly were also unaware of the lower car park.

The whole area is beautiful and the walk around the lakes not to be missed, just a shame the information is so poor. Guided tours are essential if you want to learn about this place or buy a guide.

NT site free entry for members. This is a large site and just to walk around takes between 2 - 3 hours minimum, longer if you really want to learn about the site.

Thank Hertsman10
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were amazed just how large the Abbey is & just how much of it still remains - there seems to be so much more than the other Yorkshire abbey ruins. Wandering around is truly awe inspiring. And to top it off you have a lovely walk through the scenic water garden. The whole area is very beautiful & well worth visiting.

Thank arby27
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

A wonderful day at a truly splendid place, you could not help but absorb the history. Great walks through different landscapes, with lakes, ponds and wildlife. Some of the views were fabulous and the Abbey, stunning!! All round just great, topped by excellent food and service at the restaurant

Thank Michael W
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