My Boxing Day was spent having a relaxing walk around the beautiful Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden in Yorkshire. If you’re ever in this part of the world it’s definitely worth having a wander around the stunning grounds. The World Heritage Site is looked after by the National Trust who help to preserve the gardens, buildings and of course, the remains of the Abbey.
You’ll find a path which takes you around all the sights of the grounds. The Abbey dates back from the 12-Century and is also home to the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. The architecture is wonderfully preserved and looks stunning, especially when it is all lit up with coloured lights at nights. You can even discover how the monks lived with hands-on exhibitions.
The Studley Royal Gardens are also a wonderful example of Neo-Classical statues and garden design. It looks beautiful in the summer but I visited on a cold winter’s day and got some lovely crisp, misty views across the gardens.
A visit to the Medieval deer park is a great way to finish the day. There are also several cafes where you can relax with a cup of tea and a scone. Pick up some souvenirs in the National Trust shop!