"It is hardly possible to imagine a more fascinating
sight than the ruins of Fountains seen in the distance from the high ground above. For beauty of
position, for architectural perfection, and for the extent
of the still existing buildings, the abbey of "Our Lady
of the Water Springs," must be allowed the first place
among similar English sights. The obvious care now
bestowed upon the preservation of all that destroying
hands have left adds in an unexpected way to the charm
which the remains of church and buildings exert over
the mind." Extract from "The Greater Abbeys of England" (Open Library).
Fountains Abbey is a National Trust property with free entry for National Trust members.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon, Nr Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG4 3DY Website: