Discover the perfect complement to the abbey, a once wild and wooded valley transformed into one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens.
Studley Royal Water Garden was the breathtaking vision of John Aislabie and his son William.
Initially the garden was planned without reference to the abbey, but the final layout included a spectacular view of the great Cistercian house as the culmination of a visitor's tour.
I'm a bit puzzled how to rate this. Is it a garden? I'm not convinced it is.
oh my what a park. There are a number of lakes, some wonderful views, great wildlife (dipper guaranteed by the bridge near the abbey) all framing one of the best ruined abbey's in England.
Visited on a glorious spring day - an absolutely amazing place the abbey sits majestically in its stunning landscape within the wonderful water park of Studley Royal. A lot of hard work on behalf of the NT to keep it all looking so magnificent.
We visited in July 2008: just amazing! We had an excellent volunteer tour guide who walked us all around and gave an excellent history of the family/house/abbey. Don't miss the perfect little chapel. The grounds are huge: give yourself a whole day to explore everything! A great spot for a picnic.
fablous garden lots to see
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