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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 autumn...

See the abbey bathed in golden hues with Fountains by Floodlight © Michael Banak

See the abbey bathed in golden hues with Fountains by Floodlight

This autumn...

Get your walking boots on and enjoy the splendours of the season © Chris Lacey

Get your walking boots on and enjoy the splendours of the season

This autumn...

Discover the orchard and enjoy colourful days out this season © Paul Harris

Discover the orchard and enjoy colourful days out this season

This autumn...

Build a home for creepy crawlies at our bug box workshop this half term © John Millar

Build a home for creepy crawlies at our bug box workshop this half term

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