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A view of the ruined Fountains Abbey from the Studley Royal Water Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Ripon in Yorkshire. Courtesy of Fountains Abbey
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The 800-year-old Cistercian Fountains Abbey is Britain's largest ruin and one of Yorkshire's most visited attractions. It includes the grand Elizabethan mansion, Fountains Hall, and 18th-century Studley Royal Water Garden.

The National Trust owns Fountains Abbey and the pointed arches and roofless halls provide a romantic backdrop to the landscaped garden. For a magnificent view of the Abbey, walk to Anne Boleyn's Seat. Walk in the other direction to Fountains Hall or follow the water course past a rotunda folly, the Temple of Piety and the Gothic Octagon Tower to the Studley Royal Tearoom, for a delicious cream tea.

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