According to English Heritage, "Fountains Abbey has been described as the 'crown and glory of all that monasticism has left us in England'. There are 800 years of history to be explored in the 320-hectare (790-acre) estate, a World Heritage Site combining architecture and landscape of outstanding historical and aesthetic importance. The ruins of the Cistercian abbey, which was founded in 1132, are the largest such remains in Europe: they provide a dramatic focal point for the landscape garden, which was laid out during the first half of the 18th century by William and John Aislabie."

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Fountains, Ripon
North Yorkshire HG4 3DY

Beautiful historic sight but little of horticultural interest except for the large trees in the park.

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