Fountains Abbey & Royal Studley Park | A Snapshot of Medieval Monastic Life in Yorkshire
Haunting and beautiful, the ruined sites of England can offer a way for people to take a raw peek into life in the Middle Ages. Yet the view of these abbeys as you descend towards them are enough to lift the spirits, especially on a crisp winter’s afternoon with sunlight streaming through the abbey’s many arched windows.
Set in a charming wooded river valley, Fountains Abbey has a dramatic setting in an old river valley with cliffs on either side. However, it isn’t far from two other amazing places to explore at the National Trust ‘Brimham Rocks‘ or the Stump Cross Caverns in Nidderdale.
Perhaps not quite rivalling Holkham Hall (Norfolk) for size or Alnwick (Northumberland) for it’s treetop adventures…. it’s still really worth planning to spend your lunch here. Easy seating surrounds an enclosed playground that will have something for all ages… from toddlers playground equipment to zip wires for older children.