Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years becoming one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.
The abbey is a Grade I listed building owned by the National Trust and part of the designated Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Summer (open daily):
Abbey: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Deer-park: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
St Mary's Church: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Water Garden: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Abbey: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Deer-park: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Water Garden: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To see the opening hours for the rest of the year, visit the official website.