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A true Yorkshire folly

If you're going to have a folly, you want to be able to enjoy a good view from it and the Temple of Fame at Studley Royal in Yorkshire has done itself proud - the view is superb.

It's a bit of a steep climb to reach it but well worth the effort once you've got up there.

But not everything is as it appears, the temple itself poses something of a conundrum.

The columns of the Ionic rotunda aren't made of stone as you would suppose, they're hollow and actually made of wood and plaster. A subtle nod to the hollow and vacuous nature of fame perhaps.

Dating back to around 1770, the temple built for William Aislabie stands in the grounds of the water garden at Studley Royal, which was created in 1718. Now owned by the National Trust, the entire park - including the famous Fountains Abbey - was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water garden make for a great day out. There is ample parking and a shuttle bus to take you from one end of the park to the other. Pop into one of the tea rooms dotted about and take in the stunning scenery as you enjoy a pot of tea and a delicious home-made scone with clotted cream. Oh, and don't forget to drop by the National Trust's gift shop and perhaps pick up a souvenir before you make your way homewards.


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