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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.

Tour de France

The world's biggest cycle race has its Grand Depart here in Yorkshire 

The world's biggest cycle race has its Grand Depart here in Yorkshire

We're super excited about the 'Grand Depart' which takes place in less than a month, and we're hosting some great cycling-related events here too.

Start your 50 things adventure

Take up the 50 things challenge this summer... © Arnhel de Serra

Take up the 50 things challenge this summer...

Fly a kite, build a den, play Pooh sticks, climb a huge hill or roll down one, go bird watching, find a geocache... there are so many great things to do here at Fountains!

Follow our ancient trees walk

The ancient cherry tree in the deer park is one of the Queen's top trees © Brian Muelaner

The ancient cherry tree in the deer park is one of the Queen's top trees

On this circular walk through the beautiful deer park you'll learn a little more about the ancient trees and gain some insights into 18th-century landscaping too.

Tours and walks...

New spring tours include 'Riches to Ruins' to downfall of this great abbey © Chris Lacey

New spring tours include 'Riches to Ruins' to downfall of this great abbey

Our tours and walks will take you on a journey through 800 years of history, covering everything from geology and architecture to wildflowers and wildlife watching.

Decorative garden range in the shop

Enjoy a unique shopping experience in the largest NT shop in the region © Chris Lacey

Enjoy a unique shopping experience in the largest NT shop in the region

Seasonal stock arrives in our shop every couple of weeks

Taste fresh flavours in our restaurant

A light bite in Fountains Restaurant © Chris Lacey

A light bite in Fountains Restaurant

Our mouth-watering menus change every month

Useful information

Have your say

This year we’re reviewing our World Heritage Site Management Plan.

Before we put pen to paper, we’d like your input into what you think our priorities should be. 

Stay with us

Yorkshire is one of the top places to visit in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2014’

Our cottages are situated in stunning surroundings, you can read more and book online here. 

Get married here

Choose from a range of civil ceremony and reception venues for your big day, and discover breathtaking locations for your wedding photos when you book your celebration with us. 

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