Sunday Snapshots: Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

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This Sunday, step into the pages of history as Sykes introduce you to the illustrious Fountains Abbey, a world renowned heritage site in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside. As one of England’s largest and best preserved Cistercian monasteries, a visit to Fountains Abbey makes for an excellent day trip during your cottage holiday in Yorkshire.

Unearth the abbey’s long, undulating history as you explore the ruinous shell of the former monastery and its adjoining Cistercian corn mill. Loiter on the emerald lawns of the Georgian Water Garden, and spot the neo-classical statues amongst the flora of Studley Royal. Relax in the Reading Room of the Elizabethan Fountains Hall, before taking a bracing walk through the medieval Deer Park, keeping your eyes peeled for the park’s allusive, hooved inhabitants!

Interested? Why not treat yourself and the kids to a winter short break in Yorkshire? We’ve a handful of cottages within a short distance of Fountains Abbey, so make next Sunday extra special with Sykes Cottages.

For more inspiration, find some beautiful photographs of Fountains Abbey below.

Fountains Abbey

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Fountains Abbey

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Fountains Abbey

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Studley Royal

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Studley Royal

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Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

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