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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate Office Abbey Road, Ripon HG4 3DY, England
+44 1765 608888
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Explore a great abbey and elegant water garden at this World Heritage Site, 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, Ripon HG4 3DY, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hadn’t really read reviews before going, We’d heard it was a nice place so decided to pop in while in the area. What a result, the place is beautiful. The abbey itself amazing and huge. Not sure why, having been to the likes of Westminster...More

Thank Dorian J
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Abbey is stunning with a lot of interesting history, and the gardens are amazing and seem to go on forever. Lovely walks along the water, lovely views from the upper path, and a fabulous café at the end overlooking a huge lake. It was...More

Thank LINALLEN
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely place to visit, but there is a lot of walking. The carpark where we parked is quite a way from the entrance and then there was 1/2 a mile to walk before you got to the Abbey. We walked round the Water Gardens and...More

Thank auntjamjar
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on one of my UK trips home. This site is magnificent; so much history, so much information clearly laid out. Children-friendly also with a special play area for them. Heartbreaking to think that about 10 generations of men worked on this site and died...More

Thank kenwharton
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Decided to change our usual walk around the deer park and extended it up to the visitors centre and back through the abbey grounds, we were very surprised to see some new additions in the form of garish unsightly so called 'art work'. they are...More

Thank Lakesholly
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Such a huge and varied estate, this site really can't fail to please. We accidentally parked at the Studley Royal end the estate, so the abbey was riiiiight at the other end. It worked out fine, as it allowed us to walk in a large...More

Thank Kirsty S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place was lovely, the gardens and water features were amazing. The Abbey was a lot bigger then we expected and was breath taking. We wished that we had taken a picnic as plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views and relax. Definitely...More

Thank Bridget V
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our day here, two of us and the dog strolled through the estate, there was plenty to see and a couple of Cafés to rest a while. (Highly recommend the sausage bap from the café at Studley Royal). The abbey is impressive...More

Thank Johnnie C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had looked this place up on line and wanted to visit. Wasn’t disappointed beautiful place. Lots of lovely places to walk around and see. Would definitely visit again.

Thank d0nna47
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heading there again tomorrow. Can’t wait - here’s to hoping the hot weather continues. Lots of great memories

Thank Yottabites
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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
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.
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angie935
7 April 2018|
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Response from Sandra M | Reviewed this property |
You need to drive to the other car park at studley royal its pay and display
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