Things to see & do

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What's on

Folly! will transform the follies of the water garden with unexpected artworks by some of the country's most inventive artists and designers.

You'll find daily tours of the abbey and water garden, and a range of special tours and walks on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy too...

For families

This season don't miss Folly! Pick up our 'marvellously magical family map' to create your own journey of exploration...

Over the summer you can book to join us for pond dippingden building and geocaching sessions, tag along on a family abbey tour or cycle round the abbey on a family bike ride.

Don't miss...

  • Time for walkies! 

    Grab your walking boots and explore the estate

  • Discover more about our deer with one of our behind-the-scenes events © Jana Eastwood

    Explore the park to spot red, fallow and sika deer

  • Explore the abbey ruins right on your doorstep © Jana Eastwood

    Find out more on an abbey or water garden tour

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

    See a new display in Fountains Hall

  • This portrait is a rare touch-point with the people who once lived here © NTPL/Paul Harris

    Pick up a picnic from our restaurant to eat al fresco

Spring wildlife

Look out for primroses and wood anemones and catch the scent of wild garlic in the woods around the abbey.

Join us for a deer watch or explore the estate on a wildflower wonders walk.

Get outdoors

We've miles of footpaths and trails to explore in this beautiful landscape.

Borrow a GPS to try geocaching (just call to reserve a unit), join a family bike ride or take part in a weekly Parkrun.

Eating & shopping

It's never too early to start thinking about spring colour and planting.

You'll find a new range of gardenware, fruit trees and shrubs in our garden shop to bring your garden to life this spring.