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Fountains Abbey is a great place to explore winter wildlife whilst also taking in nearly 900 years of history.

The Abbey has been described as the 'crown and glory' of monasticism in England. As well as the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey, the Fountains Estate also includes a deer park, water garden, and a network of countryside walks.

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Fountains Abbey - Visitor Guide

Address:Ripon, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Postcode HG4 3DY
Telephone: 01765 608888
Fax:01765 601002
Map:Fountains Abbey Streetmap
Essential kit:Binoculars for bird watching. Compass for bees and bat watching.
Nature watching:Nature watching: Bird and deer watching. Bat spotting. Flowers - snowdrops in early Spring.
Access:Fountains has good access for visitors with disabilities. Most areas are wheelchair accessible, and there is also a minibus service to take visitors to different parts of the property, plus electric cars (free but book in advance). Large-print and Braille guides.
Getting there:

Located four miles west of Ripon - close to the A1 and A61. From Ripon, follow the tourist signs along the B6265 to Pateley Bridge. No rail station.

Bus times via Traveline - 0870 608 2 608 or Dalesbus

Opening times:All year round. The Abbey and Water Garden is open from November-February between 10am - 4pm, and from March-October between 10am-5pm. Fountains Deer Park is open daily during day light.
Charges:Adult £5.50, Child £3.00, Family £15.00, and special group rates. National Trust and English Heritage members & under 5s free.
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