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“Amazing- Not 'just' another abbey”

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
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Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey Small-Group Day Tour from York
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Ripon
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing- Not 'just' another abbey”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

The Abbey and it's surroundings are stunning. It makes Tintern Abbey look like a small ruin.
We had a beautiful walk around the back of the Abbey, in the woods and Gardens which had lots of suprises like Anne Boleyns seat and a tunnel as you come back down to the lower section of the garden.
The coffee shops had lovely cakes and a served a proper cup of tea.
Great day.

Visited March 2014
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“Spring Delight”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Just an an abbey is so wrong a description. The scale of the ruins is inspiring and takes you back over 500 years. Walking between the various parts of the abbey was an experience that young and old would enjoy. My son still remembers the feeling of history and adventure when he visited as a child, twenty years ago. There is also a water mill - an audio visual experience.Don't forget to visit Studley Royal - take the car to another car park or enjoy the long walk.

Visited March 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Tranquility personified”
Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful day out in Yorkshires hidden treasure based in Ripon. Grounds are fantastic as are great photo opportunities what an amazing place ,beautiful ,doesn't do it justice. Quality food and staff

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful and tranquil area.”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

We didn't see all the grounds as they are too big and would warrant another visit, but the weather was beautiful and the scenery was stunning. The Abbey was fascinating and impressive. We will visit again and hopefully see more of this beautiful attraction.

Visited March 2014
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“Britain's Machu-Picchu!”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

When my mother and I first walked up to the ruins of the 1132 abbey in Ripon, I genuinely thought of it to be Britain's version of Peru's Machu Picchu, in that it's a huge hidden beautifully destructive settlement of ruins atop a field of grass in the middle of nowhere (no offense to the town of Ripon). A little far out, this British attraction is worth the drive and definitely worth your family's time, as it provides a visual illustration of some of Britain's earliest history. Built by rebellious monks around 800 years ago, this attraction is home to some of the largest, most intricate, detailed, and expansive ruins that I've ever personally seen. Situated at the beginning of the walk (the actual park is huge, taking around 2 hours to fully wander), the abbey offers perfect photo opportunities, as you're allowed to explore on the grass and throughout the monastery. This is as far as my mom and I made it in the park (my camera battery died, and it got a bit colder), so I can't provide any other details on the rest of it's trails, but just coming to the ruins satisfied my mom and I's craving for adventure. There was a 10.50 pound charge per person to enter, dogs are allowed, there is a small playground for children (there were many), and at the entrance/exit there is a restaurant. On the map there seems to be two tea-rooms throughout the park along the trails for visitors to take a quick break and regain their energy. As far as I know from reading, further along the path there is a water park (
bunch of lakes, etc.) that was constructed in the 1700s, so that definitely would be worth another visit, or the full walk. We had a lovely time, even if it was only for around an hour, and would recommend this attraction to anyone visiting the Harrogate district and/or it's surrounding areas. Two thumbs up!

Visited March 2014
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