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Fountains Abbey near Ripon

Fountains Abbey

The struggles, rise and fall of the monks at Fountains Abbey, near Ripon in Yorkshire is beautifully told at this National Trust property. Begin your journey and discovery of the abbey at the Porter's Lodge to find about the history of monks and how other people's decisions affected their existence. Listen to the monks chanting before beginning the discovery of the extensive abbey ruins to enter a calm state of mind. Group guided tours are included in the entrance fee and entry is free to members of National Trust and also those of English Heritage because of st. Mary's Church in the grounds (shown below).

St Mary's Church, Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

The grounds of the abbey are extensive -  good walking shoes are essential.  There is a minibus service , roughly every half hour that ferries people from one section to another. 


Fountains Abbey is a popular venue; families come with children and picnic on the lawns. Lots of dog owners are also seen, the acres of open countryside are perfect for them.

Fountains Hall


There are various historical buildings to visit in the various sections of gardens and it is difficult to see everything within the space of one day.  There is a herb garden and plenty of wildflowers to delight.

Fountains Abbey wild flowers

A stream flows past the abbey ruins. Sit awhile and listen to the trickling water and birdsong.

River at Fountains Abbey

A few photographs are shown below. It is best to visit the NT’s own webpage to find out more about Fountains Abbey.

Footbridge across the water at Fountains Abbey

The formal gardens with waterfalls, ducks and swans.

Fountains Abbey formal gardens