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A Place to Feel Good: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Just stepping onto the grounds of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden will make you feel better. This special place, which encompasses a World Heritage Site is a one-of-a-kind where you can find sanctuary exploring the ancient abbey ruins, feel at peace in the awe-inspiring water garden and stretch your legs along the green lawns that wind down to the riverside - a perfect spot for a picnic before meandering down riverside paths that lead to the deer park.

Fountains Abbey time for reflection

Where better to escape to a world of your own than a World Heritage Site? Studley Royal Park, including the ruins of Fountains Abbey, was one of the first sites in the UK to be inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Site listings in 1986. Given the title in recognition of its feat of human creative genius and universal significance, the site is a sight to behold and the perfect place to take time out to take it all in.

Day out for two at Fountains Abbey

Visit and enjoy a day wandering through the impressive grounds of this historic site, find a quiet spot to meditate or simply contemplate what to explore next, treat yourself in the on-site café or partake in some retail therapy in the shop.

If you are visiting before October 2022 you can experience Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden in a unique state of stillness with a brand new exhibition by renowned landscape photographer, Joe Cornish. Imagine a stillness which will likely never come to this special place again. Through the lens of Joe Cornish, explore the tactile beauty of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal over three years and during the silence of the coronavirus lockdown.

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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. The magnificent ruins of the once prosperous Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country, sit alongside a Georgian water garden that is sure to delight your senses. This breath-taking landscape is also home to a manor house known as Fountains Hall, Studley Royal medieval deer park, a beautiful Victorian church and Cistercian...

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