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Bell End Farm - Rosedale

North York Moors, England

The fantastic Cistercian ruins of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 23, 2015
The fantastic Cistercian ruins of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire
  • The fantastic Cistercian ruins of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire
  • The fantastic Cistercian ruins of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire


National Trust-owned Fountains Abbey is the largest remaining monastic ruin in Britain. Originally built by Benedictine monks, it now sits within a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the breathtaking Studley Royal Park, along with the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. Both buildings date from the 12th century and the Abbey was ruined on Henry VIII's orders during the Dissolution of the Monasteries while the mill was in use until the 1920s.

Step back in time as you explore this Cistercian abbey's magnificent structure and then take the time to meander through the Park's beautifully landscaped Georgian water garden. The water garden was created in the 18th century by John Aislabie from what was the wild valley of the river Skell. It has a formal, geometric design and brilliant vistas to enjoy, with classical statues and follies positioned throughout.

Make sure to venture into the deer park to spot the majestic inhabitants. There are wild Red, Fallow and Sika deer living amongst the ancient trees. Some of the trees here are over 300 years old and there is a long lime tree avenue that makes for a stunning sight.

With so much to see, beautiful views and huge stretches of parkland and walkways, a day spent here will keep you entertained for hours. There is a restaurant, a choice of tea rooms and a shop, all with locally sourced produce. The property also hosts a whole range of events throughout the year with walks, tours and craft days to choose from.

Take a look at the website for more information.

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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