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Notice: Please remember... The Abbey and Water Garden are closed on Fridays in November, December and January, but the Deer Park and Studley Tearoom are open daily as usual.

Cistercian abbey, elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park

For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place.

From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world.

When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design.

Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts.

One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Winter walks

The first signs of spring on De Greyâ¿¿s Walk © Jonathan Pow

The first signs of spring on De Greyâ¿¿s Walk

Explore the abbey and see the snowdrops or take a stroll in the water garden.

Wildlife spotting

A brambling visiting in winter © Copyright www.northeastwildlife.co.uk

A brambling visiting in winter

Visit the bird hide or join a wildlife walk to spot the migratory birds.

Hearty fare

Tasty seasonal stews made with estate venison © Copyright www.northeastwildlife.co.uk

Tasty seasonal stews made with estate venison

Tuck into daily specials, we’re now serving hot food in the afternoons too.

Meet the Mallorys

This portrait is a rare touch-point with the people who once lived here © Robert Thrift

This portrait is a rare touch-point with the people who once lived here

Discover the story behind the mysterious Mallory portrait in Fountains Hall.

Half term fun

This portrait is a rare touch-point with the people who once lived here © Robert Thrift

This portrait is a rare touch-point with the people who once lived here

Build a snug bird box or become a bird detective on our half term trail.

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Looking after this special place for everyone is what we're all about. 

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