Explore history Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

The magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence.

The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Local attractions and things to do in the area may not be open all year round and may require pre-booking. Please check the attraction website before visiting to avoid disappointment.

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