This wonderful 18th-century water garden justly deserves its status as a World Heritage Site.
Studley is the least-altered Georgian landscape garden in England. There’s plenty to discover as you walk amongst its elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples, cascades and canals.
The landscape incorporates the spectacular ruins of 12th-century Fountains Abbey, which rises up with its huge tower virtually intact. St Mary’s Church, William Burgess’s Gothic Revival masterpiece, provides another dramatic focal point from the garden.
At Studley Royal you can experience one of the least-altered Georgian gardens in England. Begun in the early 18th century, these water gardens show the transition between the formal and the naturalistic park by retaining an element of geometry in the shape of the Half Moon Pond, the canal and the avenues. Such is its importance it has been granted World Heritage Site status.