Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Explore a great abbey and elegant water garden at this World Heritage Site near Harrogate. 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 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 select range of hot food. Picnics welcome but please leave BBQs at home. Large shop with gardening section. Stay at one of 14 holiday cottages, including a cosy waterside lodge and elegant apartment inside Jacobean Fountains Hall. No drones please. Bikes and scooters welcome for children under 5.
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Deborah B
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK75 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited the Abbey which was amazing. It is quite a walk to the the water garden and although transport was offered we drove down to the other entrance. This is not widely advertised as it’s through a village so not suitable for larger vehicles and car parking is limited but as this was not in peak times we were able to park and have a picnic overlooking the water. As Trust members highly recommend although expensive if not.
Written 29 June 2022
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Jennie w
Loughborough, UK64 contributions
Jun 2022
What a beautiful place. We visited about 35 years ago and it has changed quite a bit but not to it's detriment. The pathways are great and suitable for all abilities although as they do tell you on entry it is quite a walk. However, they do offer a shuttle bus service back to the main visitor centre.
The Abbey is spectacular and you try to imagine living there all those years ago. The water garden is peaceful.
The main visitor centre offers all the usual National Trust services:- cafe, shop, plants and information.
Written 26 June 2022
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William J
6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Beautiful place, peaceful and relaxing and yet great for the full family. So much to see steeped in history.
Three areas to get refreshments the main restaurant and to smaller cafe.
Food & Drink is very expensive especially the children lunch box for very little, half a cheese or ham sandwich a packet of pombears drink and the option of an apple not worth the price.
I would suggest taking a picnic but be aware there are little to no bins around the place.
Toilets at the studley royal car park, main entrance and near the hall
Wheelchair accessible entrance from the west gate And studley royal entrance
Path down to the abbey from main entrance can be difficult with a manual wheelchair as it’s very steep.
Written 25 June 2022
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BrianfromLondon
London, UK682 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Well worth visiting. Inspiring story and ruins. Architecture award winning cafe / visitor centre. Food good. Could do with some more informative signs in the Abbey. Adjacent to the Studley Water which is magnificent. Wonderful grounds.
Written 24 June 2022
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Philip A
Manchester, UK14 contributions
Jun 2022
I'm nut usually a fan of ruins but this experience was outstanding. The structure and surroundings were spectacular, but also the story behind it - as shown in the excellent visitors centre - was fascinating. The water garden also is impressive with its many quirky features. The attached cafe has good quality freshly cooked food.

Went as a National Trust member so entry and parking free, therefore cannot comment on value for money.
Written 19 June 2022
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familytravel4x4
Liphook, UK544 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The ruins are fantastic - very atmospheric and well preserved in places. What a building it must have been before Henry ordered its destruction - but enough remains to appreciate the wonder of the site. The other buildings are also well worth a visit - the hall and mill; very interesting and complementary to the abbey. As to the water gardens; stupendous - what vision and so well executed - an absolute delight.
Written 18 June 2022
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Steve B
Thundridge, UK67 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Huge site with spectacular grounds and a seriously impressive ruin that you can explore. National trust owned. Free to visit for members. We recently joined and the money saved was already >1/3rd of the annual membership cost. We joined on the morning of the visit and will use the membership many more times over the year. Covers the car parks as well.
Written 16 June 2022
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StephenBP
Kidderminster, UK232 contributions
Jun 2022
I simply had no idea how stunning Fountains Abbey was. The buldings are incredible and the scale is massive. It must be the best medieval abbey ruin in the UK. We wanted to see the Abbey and were totally unprepared for the water park, quite amazing in itself.
We would have loved to have visited the deer as well but simply ran out of time. This is a full day out and you need to be fit enough for a long walk if you want to see it all
Written 12 June 2022
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Durutydelloyd
Coleford, UK600 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
What a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. The Abbey is an amazing complex of buildings and ruins. The walk was very easy and you saw new things at every turn.
The water park was so invitingly calming with Swans and wiildfowl to see. The follies were spectacular and were in places which added to the picturesque scene.
Written 11 June 2022
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Chrissie L
Lincoln, UK85 contributions
Jun 2022
Absolutely stunning, as usual. Excellently maintained grounds. Inspiring photos in temple by Joe Cornish. Pleasant staff in kiosks. Can't wait to return.
Written 11 June 2022
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