One of Yorkshire’s popular tourist attractions has beaten out the rest of the UK to be named one of the best places to visit in the UK in a new survey.
If you’ve ever visited Fountain’s Abbey, you’ve probably revelled in the beauty that both the structure and its surrounding parkland hold. It’s no secret: we absolutely love it, and it seems we’re not the only ones.
The Yorkshire heritage site, Fountain’s Abbey was named the top place to visit in the UK in a survey by consumer champions Which?
Which? surveyed 3,000 people looking at nine different categories such as value for money, helpfulness of the staff, and lack of crowds, and the National Trust site, Fountain’s Abbey in North Yorkshire came out on top.
The 800 acres of the historical monument were founded in 1132 and were in operation for 400 years until Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. It then fell into ruins before becoming a popular tourist attraction.
Not only is it known for its historic abbey, but also the grounds, which are incredible and curated to create a peaceful and serene location – perfect for a walk.
One of the largest Cistercian abbey ruins in Europe, it was praised for it’s ‘calm atmosphere and ‘leisurely walks’. Some categories that Fountain’s Abbey scored highly in was ‘description matching reality’, which it got five stars for, and lack of crowds & facilities which it got five for as well.
It scored highly for value for money and engagement’ entertainment which is scored four stars for.
Guy Hobbs, Editor of Which? Travel, said: “This year two very different but equally impressive historic attractions topped our survey, and it’s easy to see why.
“Both Fountains Abbey and the Royal Yacht Britannia offer a unique day out with visitors telling us they enjoyed the opportunity to immerse themselves in a slice of history for the day.
“Whether you’re looking to get back to nature or explore the hidden histories of our remarkable cities, Which?’s rankings of the UK’s best historic attractions have plenty to inspire you.”
Last year, Fountain’s Abbey was voted the most peaceful spot in the UK by Which? surveys, so it seems that not many changes in a year.