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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Open today: 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, 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...more
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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate Office Abbey Road | Near Harrogate, Ripon HG4 3DY, England
+44 1765 608888
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful walking round and seeing Fountains Abby. Free parking, I think it is a little overpriced hence the 4 stars. Children's play area, picnic areas for taking lunches, interactive sections with videos explaining history.

Thank Sophiee15
Reviewed yesterday

I revisited Fountains Abbey with family for the first time in about 25 years. After getting over the shock of the entry fee (£16.50 per adult if you aren't a NT member), I remembered what a beautiful place it is and enjoyed over 10 km...More

Thank SMP56
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We absolutely loved our day here. We are members of the national trust and exploring the abbey and it's grounds did not disappoint. We had honey tasting on offer, weaving and creating designs with wool on sticks, the ice cream is gorgeous and the grounds...More

Thank Christy B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Still a magical and marvellous place to visit. I have been many times. Read the novel A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson and learn more about the history of the family who created the gardens of Studley Royal. Fascinating stuff.

Thank Barbara C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Abbey started in 1132, destroyed by King Henry VIII. If you have a full day, join a morning tour that walks for about 1.5 - 2hours. Our volunteer guide Rowena was brilliant. Answered all our questions, knew the Abbey and gardens history and brought them...More

Thank RobMac60
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved walking these ruins - truly impressive place. The herb gardens are delightful too. Will return as only spent a short visit here this time and there is much to see. Found it very peaceful just walking and admiring the stones.

Thank Marcia H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Attended a tour, led by a knowledgeable & enthusiastic volunteer which enhanced & informed our visit. Vast grounds which can easily take a full day to enjoy. There is a courtesy bus available on the site for those visitors with mobility issues. One of the...More

Thank Dee C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had never been before so we drove from Skipton area on my wife's say so as you do my ankle has been a bit sore and she assured me it was quite flat she was right never been to ruins and grounds as nice as...More

Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We recently attended on a disappointingly rainy Sunday in July, but are regular visitors at different times of the year each year as a family tradition. It honestly doesn’t matter so much what the whether is as each season brings something to the experience. In...More

Thank icaANON
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited this attraction August 2018 ,wasn't too busy as many other visits in Yorkshire have been, so was easy to park and get food. An absolutely mesmerising place, wonderful walks and water features and views.Really is worth a visit. Only down side, absolutely no refuse...More

Thank Patricia C
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20 June 2018|
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Response from Ellen H | Property representative |
It's a lovely walk at any time of year and a very different experience throughout the seasons. There's lots of wildflowers in spring, summer is lovely and green (perfect for picnics) and autumn is full of reds and golds in... More
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!
22 April 2018|
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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.