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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
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
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
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...
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
Seasonal stock arrives in our shop every couple of weeks
Taste fresh flavours in our restaurant
Our mouth-watering menus change every month