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Fountains Abbey


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


Running under the stars at Fountains Abbey


Bringing back the monks to Fountains Abbey


History Rolls Back At Fountains Abbey


Exploring Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, UK

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years becoming one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.
  • Foundation 

  • Consolidation 

  • Difficulties 

  • Architecture 

  • Endowments and economy 

  • After the Dissolution 

  • Burials 

  • Becoming a World Heritage Site 

  • Film location 

  • In literature