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Fountains Abbey

May 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On 3rd May I visited Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden which is 3 miles south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire. The Abbey is one of the largest preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries. Fountains Abbey is also reported to be haunted by the sightings of a blue ghost of the daughter of Sir Stephen Proctor who built nearby Fountains Hall. Also, a ghostly sound of a choir can be heard in the Chapel of Nine Altars.

The weather forecast had said cloud with sunny patches until 1 pm then cloudy for the rest of the afternoon.

I arrived just after 2 pm and the weather was perfect, blue sky and light clouds, not like what had been forecast. I was greeted by a very friendly member of staff behind the counter who made sure I knew where everything was on the grounds.

The first stop was the Abbey, which was about 1/2 a mile from the Visitor Centre where I paid and took about 10-15 minutes to reach the Abbey.

Half Way.

I arrived at the Abbey, and luckily it wasn't really busy with visitors which was good for my photography as I wasn't really looking to capture photos of people. I was amazed at how big the remains were. Having seen this on YouTube it isn't until you visit the Abbey you realise how big and preserved it is. As the clouds were slowly clearing I decided to take a couple of long exposure shots before the clouds had vanished. It wasn't until I was about to take the photo I realised I had left my viewfinder cover at home, which I use to stop any light leaking in via the viewfinder and ruining the shot. So I had to carefully use my thumb making sure I didn't knock my tripod.

Fountains Abbey.

The Abbey and Abbey Grounds are divided into 11 sections :

  • Porter's Lodge
  • Church
  • Green Man
  • Abbot's House and Prison
  • Chapter House
  • Cloister
  • Warming Room
  • Refectory
  • Cellarium
  • Guest House Bridge
  • Reredorter



After looking around the Abbey, I walked a further 1 mile to Lakeside which takes the visitor through Studley Royal Water Gardens. This is a very scenic walk and my first point of interest was the view from Rustic Bridge at the start of the water garden. Admiring the view I took a couple of photos after which I made my way down into the mini grounds of the water garden for some more photography, being careful to dodge all the bird poo which was all over the grass. The hazards of wildlife. 

View from Rustic Bridge.


By the time I had reached Lakeside it had gone 4.30pm and there was still so much that I hadn't been able to have a look at, but I did manage to take a few more photos before it was time to start walking back to the Visitor Centre.

I do plan to re-visit Fountains Abbey with the plan to visit the areas I was unable to visit on this visit. All the photos I took can be found on my Facebook Page by clicking here.



To find out more about Fountains Abbey, it's location and prices please visit their website by clicking here.


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