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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens near Ripon

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey and Studley Park Royal, just on the outskirts of Ripon, together make for a wonderful experience time and time again, any time of year, and every weekend from now until 1 January 2023 there will be music and lights and during the Christmas period the abbey will be illuminated each day (excluding 24 & 25). Choirs and bands will be performing in the cellarium 2-3pm.

But did you know that Fountains Abbey has been voted by nearly three thousand Which? Members joint top in a poll of favourite places to visit in the United Kingdom along with the Royal Yacht Britannia! Quite an accolade. Of course if you’ve been before you’ll understand why but if you haven’t then do make a date to visit. Step back in time and marvel at this vast structure even now and wonder how it might have looked when it was initially built. Apparently nearly nine hundred years ago thirteen Benedictine monks seeking refuge established Fountains Abbey beside the River Skell.

I know we’re into winter but take a picnic, find a sheltered spot in the water gardens and you may even be able to watch the antics of the many water foul. Wander round the ancient tree walk, a beautiful walk where not only trees of many kinds but deer, birds, the odd rabbit and hare. There are other walks to enjoy too. Saturday’s it’s Park Run, join in the fun if you like or follow on to go past the abbey ruins. Look out for events happening throughout the year.

Two great cafes to tempt and plenty of parking, disabled access and dogs allowed.

We have The Hay Loft at Bishopton in Ripon, sleeps two plus one small dog and of course all our other cottages are well withing reach. We’d love to hear from you, give me Nadine or Joanne my daughter a call on 01969 663559 for friendly help and advice and to book over the telephone or of course do book online if you prefer. Hear from you quite soon!

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Written By Nadine Bell

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