Fountains, Ripon,
North Yorkshire
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Monastic ruin or romantic folly? The breathtaking designed landscape of the Aislabies, now a World Heritage Site with more than 800 years of history, includes the ruins of the once-wealthy and powerful Fountains Abbey.

You can step back in time to see how the abbey ruins became a spectacular folly for 18th-century visitors as you journey through these gardens of pleasure. You will need plenty of time to explore the 323 hectares (800 acres) of medieval deer parkland, formal Georgian water gardens, Victorian high Gothic church, Jacobean manor house and monastic grounds; including the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. Note: cared for in partnership with English Heritage.

Special interest tours:

White Monks and Wealthy Monasteries
Religion, Power, Money. All the ingredients for a gripping tale in one of Britain's most beautiful landscapes. Join us on a tour around the ruins of Fountains Abbey as we reveal facts about the monks who lived here and created one of the wealthiest Cistercian monasteries of the Middle Ages.
 Duration 1 hour 30 minutes.

A Georgian Water Garden
A guided tour around Studley Royal Water Garden, a breathtakingly beautiful example of one of England's finest surviving Georgian gardens. Our knowledgeable expert will give an informative talk about the history of this stunning landscape, whilst showing you captivating canals and cascades, Neo-classical statues, follies, temples and spectacular surprise views.
 Duration 2 hours.

Abbey and Garden Tour
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden have been capturing the imaginations of visitors since the 18th century. Lose yourself in tales of medieval monks and visionary Georgians, before finding yourself wandering in some of the most spectacular and tranquil landscapes in Britain.
 Duration 2 hours 30 minutes.

St Mary's Church Tour
On this exclusive guided tour for groups you'll explore the Victorian high Gothic Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin; the secret gem of the estate. Designed by the celebrated architect, William Burges, this beautiful church with its incredible stained glass gives a majestic focus to the magnificent medieval deer-park.
 Duration 1 hour 30 minutes


Charges may apply, for more information please contact the property.