Although it is 27 miles from Leeds, Fountains Abbey is an essential day trip for visitors to the region. Its state of ... More
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Although it is 27 miles from Leeds, Fountains Abbey is an essential day trip for visitors to the region. Its state of preservation, scale and idyllic valley setting make it one of the most important monastic landmarks in the area (if not the country) and certainly the most picturesque. Studley Royal is an elegant 18th-century garden, full of ponds, cascades and classical follies. The adjoining medieval parkland is home to over six hundred red, fallow and Sika deer. The abbey's modern visitor centre includes a gift shop and restaurant, with home-made cakes and light snacks available from the Victorian-themed Studley Tearooms. Admission: adults GBP4.30; children GBP2.10; family ticket GBP10.50; National Trust and English Heritage Members free
Royal Botanic Garden includes cycads (plants from the dinosaur era) and Britain's tallest palm trees. In the rock garden, there
are marsh orchids, campanulas and lilies. The Pringle Chinese Collection, an unrivaled assembly of wild origin Chinese plants, grow ...