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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Cistercian abbey on the banks of the River Skell, founded in 1132 and the largest monastic ruin in Britain; the ruins provide the dramatic focal point of the eighteenth-century landscape garden at Studley Royal; temples, follies, vistas, deer-park; small museum; St Mary’s Church, built by William Burges 1871-8. Interactive exhibition.Fountains Mill is one of the finest surviving monastic watermills in Britain:life-size, reconstructed, monastic mill machinery; mill pond; nineteenth-century waterwheel for saw-milling; turbine, one of the earliest to be installed in Britain, generated electricity for a dairy. Grind your own corn; see how the restored turbine lights the mill today; find out about the monks’ working lives; seek out the rat trail and piece together the story it tells of the history of the mill through the ages.

Address

Ripon Nr Harrogate North Yorkshire HG4 3DY
HG43DY

Facilities

  • Coach parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Toilets

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