Fountains Abbey is the most magnificent place that I have been to so far during my time in England. A World heritage site, the Abbey was founded in 1132 when thirteen monks came to the North Yorkshire valley. It went onto became one of the richest in Europe.
Exploring the history is a treat. Despite the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII, the mill has been in continuous use for 850 years and now houses displays of its history and use. A remarkable story of a building's survival.
At the other end of the valley is the Studley Royal, a spectacular water garden created in the 1700s.
A wonderful place to visit, I could have spent the entire day in this photographic paradise.
To read more about the history of Fountains Abbey, click here.