Studley Royal Water Garden
Studley Royal Water Garden
In 1722 John Aislabie retired here after the South Sea Bubble scandal erupted during his tenure as Chancellor of the Exchequer. For the next 20 years he worked to create the best water garden in England, perhaps in Europe. Lakes, grottoes, canals, and cascades join with classical temples and the ruins of medieval Fountains Abbey to provide an unforgetable landscape.
The deer park is home to over 600 deer. A short distance outside the water gardens, and also part of the Studley Royal Estate, is the listed St Mary's, Studley Royal (English Heritage), a lushly decorated Victorian church.

The abbey and water gardens can be visited on a combined admission.

Be warned: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a very popular destination, and may be crowded, particularly during the summer months.