UK Trip Part 2 – Knaresborough Castle & Fountains Abbey

I was trying to get this post out earlier, but that didn’t happen.

Procrastination.

And a stupid amount of photos to upload.

Anyway, so the day after York we decided to drive to the village of Knaresborough to see our first ever, real life castle. Knaresborough is a picturesque little village right on the River Nidd.

The castle there is in ruins, but it was still fun to walk around in. The girl who gave us a little tour was super sweet and talked a lot about Game of Thrones.

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2014-04-14 12.17.58Looking down from the top of the castle:

2014-04-14 12.38.49This would have been the king’s sitting room. Daphne’s in one of the three fireplaces:

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Looking up to the king’s small bedroom (they kept them small so there was no place for potential assassins to hide, and we weren’t able to climb up to it because the stairs are now too dangerous):
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More of the castle grounds:

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The stairway down to the kitchen from the sitting area:

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Dungeon baby:2014-04-14 12.57.27After the castle, we walked down to the River Nidd for lunch.

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“Chili”
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2014-04-14 14.32.34After wandering around for a while, we got back in the car to drive to Fountains Abbey which was in another nearby village.

Now, Fountains Abbey wasn’t a huge “to-do” on my itinerary. I read about it in a book about English ruins, and I figured since we were in the area we could check it out. That’s where I screwed up. Fountains Abbey was the most amazing part of England, and we should’ve dedicated an entire day to it.

After buying our tickets from the visitor’s center and cafe, we were told to stroll down the walkway for about 10 minutes and pass the gate at the end.

The tower of the ruins peeking out from the woods:

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Past the gate:

2014-04-14 16.39.01We borrowed that stroller from the visitor’s center because Daphne was asleep when we got there.

Then we lost it somewhere in the ruins.

‘Merica.

When we saw the abbey from the front, I was surprised at how big it was.

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But it wasn’t until we actually walked inside of it that I realized it wasn’t just big, it was enormous. Like nothing I had ever been in before.

Now I’ll post a billion pictures of the place to further my point of just how big it was:

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2014-04-14 17.10.16Really big, right?

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I’m not much of a religious person, but I could totally understand why monks choose this particular ┬álocation for their spiritual practices. There was just a wondrous sense of peace surrounding the whole area.

And since we were some of the only people there at the time – because we came when the day was almost over – it was so quiet all you could hear were the ravens.

Which is either really cool or really creepy, depending on how you look at it.

More of the abbey:

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Inside the tower:

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The trees and small stream surrounding the abbey:

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By the massive amount of photos I just posted, you could probably tell that I fell in love with the place.

You could easily spend an entire day here, and when we go back, that’s totally what I’m going to do.

Tomorrow’s post is on Edinburgh, and I promise there won’t be nearly as many photos of old rubble.

Thanks for reading!

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