From St. Mary's, it is only a short bit of road to gates in the wall surrounding the entire estate of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Through the gates, the path to the visitor centre (and, from there, Fountains Abbey) takes you there in a few minutes.
We love the shop at the visitor centre with its good selection of high quality gifts, books, home ware, gardening things, scarves, rugs, greeting cards, preserves, cookies, chocolates and so on.
It is only there that you pay to get to the Abbey - up until this point, everything we did and saw was for free.
One of the original farms has been turned into a fully working "medieaval" show farm, where you can learn about wool making, bee keeping and many other farm-related things. This is their herbs and vegetable garden;
First view of the abbey ruins. Can anyone decipher the inscription on the tower?
Fountains Hall, inside and out:
There we are - Fountains Abbey! More (much more) in my next post. (If you want to know more about the mill and Fountains Hall, simply use the search button at the top left corner of my blog to find posts about both buildings from previous years, with a bit of history.)