As it’s half term here and we only had James off work with us for one day, we wanted to make the most of that day so we decided to head out somewhere. We love National Trust and fancied trying somewhere new, so we headed to the beautiful Fointains Abbey.
Fountains Abbey is located in Ripon, North Yorkshire so about an hour and a half away from us, but well worth the journey. The Abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks from St Mary’s in York, seeking to live a devout and simple lifestyle. It’s now just ruins but it’s an amazing place to explore, the kids absolutely loved it and burnt off plenty of energy.
At this time of year Fountains Abbey is well known for it’s beautiful snowdrops so I was excited to try and find some. It didn’t take much searching as there are absolutely loads around, especially in the woods as you head down to the Abbey itself. I had read on the National Trust website that the last two weeks of February are the best time to see the snowdrops, and we definitely weren’t disappointed. So if you want to see the snowdrops, I would recommend going asap.
There is also a fantastic new play area at Fountains Abbey. It’s a huge space with plenty to do for children of all ages, and it even includes a mini wooden Abbey!
There’s so much more to see and do at Fountains Abbey including Studley Royal Water Garden and Swanley Grange. We only spent a couple of hours there before the rain started, but we definitely want to go back in the summer to see more of this beautiful place.
As usual I got a little bit carried away with taking photos, so here are some of my favourites…
Have you ever visited Fountains Abbey?
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