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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate Office Abbey Road | Near Harrogate, Ripon HG4 3DY, England
+44 1765 608888
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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.
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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate Office Abbey Road | Near Harrogate, Ripon HG4 3DY, England
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We were staying at a campsite near Knaresborough and as it was a nice day we decided to go to Fountains Abbey, near Ripon. My wife had been there years ago but since that time a new visitors centre has been built. It is very...More

Thank ChuckCo2016
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We came as members visiting here and Brimham Rocks last week. This is a lovely visitor centre but it is not clear when you park that an easier walk is from the West Gate car park. We were only told this when we got to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We never tire of visiting Fountains Abbey, when visiting nearby, it’s just a true gem of the National Trusts estates. The walks, the views, the Abbey and the Mill are amazing. Take a picnic or call into one of two cafes on the walks and...More

Thank michael w
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Reviewed 4 days ago

magnificent impressive ruins. The garden was delightful. The Jacobean house was disappointing;not much to see. Plenty of walking so not for the infirm. Tea rooms were not very good;small serving area with people queuing out the door,not much selection,sandwiches expensive and dry,the ham was tasteless.National...More

Thank c r
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Deffinatly recommend it for parkrunning. Beautiful and it gains you free entry so you have time for a quick look around. Very pretty but apparently very very busy on a weekend!

Thank Lily N
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Something for everyone. A treasure chest for photographers, historians, gardeners and wildlife seekers. Miles of beautiful walks through ruins, lakes and deer parks. If you are in the area don't come here before Bolton Abbey as the later will be a disappointment. Take your camera...More

Thank E Paul R
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After three weeks of continuous sunshine we visited Fountains Abbey on our way to Skipton..and it poured..Despite the horrible weather we thoroughly enjoyed our walk around the estate. An outstanding area, well maintained and so picturesque..The cafe serves some lovely food and can recommend the...More

Thank anndot
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful place. Explore the old abbey & beautiful grounds. Well worth a visit on a nice day!

Thank Liz L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited this National Trust site for decades and it never ceases to enthrall. The Georgian water gardens are beautiful and make use of the ruined Abbey which is a gem in itself. The guided tours by volunteers are really interesting. There is so...More

1  Thank Polly K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely walk down to the abbey and back. Gardens down the bottom and coffee shop are a lovely sight and welcome stop.

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milnealison6cows2018
19 June 2018|
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Response from Johnnie C | Reviewed this property |
It’s the UK, so the weather cannot be relied upon. However, most of your time will be spent outdoor walking the grounds, so aim for the driest season.
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joybowstead
8 June 2018|
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Response from Jen_Andy_Lawson | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is. We went on a busy day and there were lots of volunteers about. They gave us a pass to use in the car. I believe the visitor centre car park is free though!
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Ange717
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Response from paul_tennant52440 | Reviewed this property |
The food is reasonably priced and on a Sunday they do a roast beef, chicken or lamb for £9.95. Tea and coffee is around £2.50. Soft drinks around the same. The menu is varied and a good choice.
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