Founded by Cistercian monks in 1132, this is the largest monastic ruin in Britain and part of a World Heritage Site. It has many interesting things to see in a beautiful natural setting.

Facts & Stats on Fountains Abbey

Go Historic ID
318150
Names
Fountains Abbey
Dates
1135

Visitor & Contact Information

National Grid Reference
SE 27487 68285

Essays on Fountains Abbey

Listed Building Description of Fountains Abbey

SE 2768 LINDRICK WITH STUDLEY FOUNTAINS LANE ROYAL AND FOUNTAINS (east side, off)

9/38 Fountains Abbey, with ancillary buildings

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Abbey Church, with precinct buildings, river walling and 2 bridges. Founded 1132, main building phases 1170-1247 and late C15 - early C16, by monks of the Cistercian Order. Freestone, with a dark fossiliferous limestone known as Nidderdale marble, and magnesian limestone.

Abbey Church: west Galilee Chapel, nave with north and south aisles, choir, transepts, north tower, presbytery and Chapel of the Nine Altars to east... view full text »

Source: The National Heritage List for England
Crown copyright. Reprinted under the Open Government License.

Resources for Fountains Abbey

  1. Fountains Abbey: The Cistercians in Northern England
  2. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (National Trust Guidebook)
  3. Official Website of Fountains Abbey Official website.
  4. The National Heritage List for England English Heritage.

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About This Listing

Last Updated
February 5, 2015
First Published
October 8, 2013
Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Title
Fountains Abbey - North Yorkshire, England