From The Outdoor Guide.
Fountains Abbey lies along the valley of the River Skell, about two miles west of Ripon, North Yorkshire.
It is a National Trust property and is open all year round. Almost 350,000 visitors enjoy the peace, solitude and beauty of the Fountains Estate every year.
There is so much to see and do at Fountains Abbey, including the magnificent medieval abbey, the water park, the Victorian Church and deer park.
Founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine Monks, Fountains Abbey became one of the largest, richest and the most influential Cistercian abbeys in Britain.
In 1539, under the rule of Henry VIII the abbey was dissolved. The crown sold off the abbey and its 500 acres of land.
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