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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.

This summer...

Look out for playful surprises and dancers on weekends in the water garden © Jonathan Pow

Look out for playful surprises and dancers on weekends in the water garden

This summer...

Start your 50 things adventure with pond dipping, wild art and den building © John Millar

Start your 50 things adventure with pond dipping, wild art and den building

This summer...

The rarely-seen Banqueting House will be open every weekend © Chris Lacey

The rarely-seen Banqueting House will be open every weekend

This summer...

There's always something new in our garden shop at this time of year © Chris Lacey

There's always something new in our garden shop at this time of year

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Enjoy afternoon tea in our stylish Studley Tearooms © Kathryn Lovell/National Trust

Enjoy afternoon tea in our stylish Studley Tearooms

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