Fountains Abbey, Ripon

4.8
With its scenic countryside, ruins of a 12th-century abbey, and Victorian church, Fountains Abbey provides numerous important elements of English heritage in a park spreading out over an area of 323 hectares (800 acres). Start your visit in the well-preserved ruins of the Fountains Abbey, a Cistercian monastery dating back to 1132. Move on to the Studley Royal Garden, which John Aislabie developed in the early 18th century. Today, it stands as one of England's finest examples of a Georgian water garden. Next, enter the ornate, Gothic St. Mary's Church. Learn about the site's history of corn milling at the Fountains Mill and about monastic life among the exhibits in the Porter's Lodge. Finish with a stroll through Deer Park, home to 500 red, fallow, and Sika deer. If you'd like to spend the night, reserve an apartment in advance in the stately Fountains Hall mansion. To visit Fountains Abbey and get the most from your holiday in Ripon, create itinerary details personal to you using our Ripon trip planner .
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  • Went to visit Fountains abbey and used the sat nav to take us there but very disappointed at The signage. Car parking was plentiful but to get to the abbey was, it seemed a long walk . Gave it up afte...  more »
  • This world heritage and national trust site is very interesting with plenty of variation. A huge improvement would be to introduce an audio guide or more information points particularly in the abbey, ...  more »
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  • Fountain's Abbey is a fantastic day out for the whole family. National Trust members get in for free. During school holidays there are loads of activities for children. The Abbey ruins are amazing. The kids loved playing hide and seek amongst them. There are loads of walks you can do around the grounds.
  • Very disappointed there was no dog friendly place to sit and have something to eat inside. As many people visit with dogs it would make sense to have somewhere they could eat in the warm considering you are open all year. We found staff was very friendly and the grounds were kept immaculate. Worth a visit.
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