Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey was found in 1132 as the result of the riot at St. Mary’s Abbey in York. It is one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in England.

Today, the ruins at Fountains include the twelfth-century western range and the oldest surviving Cistercian water-mill. Excavations at Fountains have uncovered the remains of the first timber buildings, which were begun in 1134. The ruins were embodied into a Romantic landscaped garden (1720-40) with a lake, temples, formal water garden, and a deer park.

Fountains Abbey is located 13 km north of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. There is a large choice of hotels in Harrogate, so you have a good opportunity to enjoy the beauty of North Yorkshire.