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“Very dog-unfriendley”

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey day trip from York
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Ripon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed February 25, 2014

As a dog-owning National Trust member I did expect some spirit of give and take here but found little. The Management seems unaware of their own policies when we were told that we could take our well-behaved dog into a pokey corner of the cafeteria. However the catering staff, deploying zero diplomacy skills, told us 'no dogs allowed'. We were also reprimanded for allowing our dog off his lead in the extensive grounds. My dog is clean, safe and socialised and I am fed up with all owners being stereotyped as 'irresponsible'. In one secluded area of the beautiful grounds I found a pile of empty beer bottles presumably left by a 'responsible' human. Start listening to the needs of your members, National Trust.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

A great day out and a superb café. Typical National Trust high quality. Well worth a visit time and again.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We went to Fountains Abbey on a multi-generational day out, we are NT members but don't live locally and haven't been for over 30 years.

We were there for 4 hours (including lunch in café) and we plan to go back as we didn't get to see the water garden at all - there is a lot to do here. We started off with a short visit to the childrens playground for the children to run off some steam after car journey. Then to one of the buildings on the path leading down to the abbey where children could make something. Lovely woodland and snowdrops on way down to the abbey. Abbey is very large - could do with more signage and information at the abbey itself but there is information and a model in the porters lodge which is very informative and worth a pop in (next to Abbey). We also went to the mill and to the hall where the children dressed up in costumes. Lots of pheasants in the grounds, lovely river, pretty bridges and views. There is another café next to the mill.

At this point we didn't continue to the water gardens as we had run ou of time for the journey back unfortunately. Overall a great day for the whole family, lots and lots to see - allow a full day if possible, would be lovely for a picnic in summer. We thought we did well fitting in the craft, playground, abbey, mill and hall! We will definitely be back.

We did the childrens trail but it was very hard to find the clues at the locations they were rather hidden!

Café very nice, shop at entrance.


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Reviewed February 11, 2014

We went to Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Garden to see the snowdrops, we were not disappointed seeing a lovely display. The day we went was in perfect weather to see the Abbey in all its majesty, a truly magnificent building. We had our lunch in the Cafe at the entrance opposite the National Trust Building. The Cafe is really excellent and must be visited, the staff are excellent and the food very good value

Thank Vinylment
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

We have visited Fountains Abbey several times. Our last visit was on the 2nd February and we were lucky to have a sunny day. The view looking down on the lake was fantastic. The Abbey ruins are well worth a visit . We visited the Abbey in the summer and found it was a very popular spot for families with young children enjoying themselves. For those who like walking, there is a very pleasant stroll from the Lakeside Cafe , crossing over the weir, through the valley crossing over the five bridges, eventually turning left through the Deer Park to return to the lake. There are usually several deer in the park. The walk is approx. 2 - 3 miles. The visitor centre has free car parking, a restaurant and shop both worth a visit. It is a delightful day out for any age group.

Thank brenda h
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