Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Studley Royal Park is one of the few great 18th century gardens to survive substantially in its original form and one of the most spectacular water gardens in England.
The landscape garden is an outstanding example of the development of the English garden style throughout the 18th century, which influenced the rest of Europe.The use of all the landscape features, combined with the planning of the water garden itself, is a true masterpiece of human creative genius.
In addition, the ruins of Fountains Abbey are not only a key eye catcher in the garden scheme, but also one of the few Cistercian houses to survive from the 12th century. Situated in the deer park is St Mary’s Church, designed by William Burges in 1871, it is a masterpiece of High Victorian Gothic architecture.