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 (end Oct 5pm); early Nov-end Jan daily except Fri 10am-5pm; Feb-Mar 10am-5pm - church noon-4pm, closed Nov-Apr - deer park 7am-6pm (9pm in Summer), last admission 1hr before closing