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.

Nave Looking East
Nave of the abbey church, looking east. Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, England. The nave is the oldest part of the abbey; construction began in 1135... David Joyal
Location map of Fountains Abbey, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, England. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of Fountains Abbey, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, England. Click to enlarge.

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Go Historic ID
248399
Listed Building ID
1149811 view listed building data
Article Title
Fountains Abbey
Coordinates
54.1095151° N, 1.5840487° W map · aerial
Grid Reference
SE 27487 68285
Postcode
HG4 3DY
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Listed Building Description

Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

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. Cloister south of nave: has on east side Chapter House, with monks dormitory to first floor; west side - a storehouse and lay brothers refectory, their dormitory above; south side - monks refectory flanked by warming house and kitchen. Buildings to south-east of the cloister include the Abbots house and the monks infirmary with its service buildings. To south-west, the lay brothers' reredorter and infirmary... read more

Page Info

Place ID
248399
Title
Fountains Abbey, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, England
Added By
Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 6, 2022