Following the dissolution of Fountains Abbey, the site fell into ruin until its purchase in 1768 by the Aislabie family who had long harboured a desire to incorporate it into their Studley Royal estate. John Aislabie transformed it into superb landscaped grounds, featuring a water garden that included the winding Skell valley, as well as canals, ponds and waterfalls. The gardens have been designed to be visited from the Canal Gate. Studley Royal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Address:B 6265, HG4 3BD Ripon
Price:13 £ (children 6.50 £)
garden and abbey: Apr-Oct 10am-6pm; Nov-Mar: daily except Fri 10am-5pm