The Abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country and a World Heritage site.
In 1132, 13 monks came here to start a simpler life. 400 years later Henry VIII demanded the closure of the Abbey, leaving the ruins we see today.
Contrast the ruins with the surrounding woods and valleys, where John Aislabie in the 18th-Century turned them into the Georgian water gardens.
Explore further afield and discover hidden gems including Fountains Mill built in the 12th-century, a deer park, church and grand hall.