A VISIT to one of North Yorkshire’s most famous attractions will become a journey back in time this month.

For the first time in recent years, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, the World Heritage site near Ripon, is holding an event as part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

Six Thousand Years in Six Thousand Seconds is a free guided tour through the site’s past with National Trust Archaeologist Mark Newman.

The walk will cover the prehistoric and Roman settlements that predated the medieval village whose earthworks cover much of the park.

It will then go on to look at the great 18th Century gardens and the pioneering Victorian hydro-electric system.

The tour will begin at the visitor centre courtyard at 2pm on July 21. The tour is free, though normal parking and admission charges apply.

National Trust and English Heritage members go free.