The original abbey was a random scattering of simple timber structures, but through the 1140s these were gradually replaced with a more formal arrangement around a traditional monastic cloister. The church was the first building to be rebuilt in stone, and this was finished by 1136. However, in 1146 the timber buildings burned down and the monks were forced to start again.
There is so much to see at Fountains that it is impossible to think of it as a single historic attractions. It is much more; a magnificent medieval abbey, an elegant Georgian water garden, a richly decorated Victorian church, and a medieval deer park
TIP: Don't worry and take a whole day to explore this area the park surrounding this abbey is truly wonderful and enormly vast.