Discover the perfect day out for all the family at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, only 30 minutes drive from any of our holiday properties in Richmond, North Yorkshire and explore medieval ruins, tranquil water gardens and discover deer in the deer park.
The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country, founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks who escaped from St Mary’s in York to live a devout and simple lifestyle elsewhere. Whether you’re here to soak up the history and atmosphere, or to explore every corner with the family, the abbey ruins will have a special place in your memory.
October is a special time of year to visit with colour filling the estate and the chilly air giving us an excuse to wrap up warm and get outside and explore the estate. Follow the gentle banks from the abbey in to a scenic garden with canals, cascades and tranquil moon ponds which has been deemed so special that it was awarded World Heritage Site status. There are miles of footpaths and trails to explore in this beautiful landscape before enjoying a hot drink and slice of home made cake from the tea room looking over the lakes.
Explore the deer park, home to red, sika and fallow deer. October is an exciting time of year to come and discover the deer in the deer park, as the males start to compete for dominance. You may hear the loud bellowing of the stags ringing through the park or, if you're lucky, see them run at each other with a big clash of antlers.
Don’t miss a visit to the play area where you'll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman's poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all. Catch a workshop inside Swanley Grange where you can find lots of different types of wool and discover how the monks used it to become rich when they lived at Fountains Abbey all those years ago.
We have lots of luxury holiday accommodation across Richmond, North Yorkshire available for a weekend away or a short break mid week, we have something for everyone. Look online at our availability here...
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