For families

This summer...

Enjoy den building in the woods at Fountains Abbey  © NTPL

Enjoy den building in the woods at Fountains Abbey

Book to join one of our Den Building sessions and roll up your sleeves to make the biggest den you've ever seen!

This summer...

Start your 50 things adventure this summer... © NTPL/Chris Lacey

Start your 50 things adventure this summer...

Use some pedal power for the rare opportunity to cycle round the abbey on a family bike ride.

This summer...

See Fallow, Sika and Red Deer in the deer park © NTPL/Paul Harris

See Fallow, Sika and Red Deer in the deer park

Look out for tell-tale signs in the deer park and learn how to be an expert wildlife tracker on a deer tracks and signs walk.

This summer...

Take on a digital treasure hunt challenge © NTPL/Paul Harris

Take on a digital treasure hunt challenge

Book to join us for a Geocaching Taster Day and explore like never before on a digital treasure hunt across the estate.

This summer...

Drop into Swanley Grange any day this summer © NTPL/Paul Harris

Drop into Swanley Grange any day this summer

Let your imagination run wild with Fantastical Folly! Fun and design your own mystical Folly! art.

This summer...

Step into a monk's shoes and see if you could've lived in the Middle Ages © NTPL/Jonathan Pow

Step into a monk's shoes and see if you could've lived in the Middle Ages

Dress up and see what life was like for the monks in the Middle Ages on a Family Abbey Tour.

4 things to do at Fountains today

  • Make a makeshift home 

    Build a den

    Gather twigs and sticks for a makeshift home

  • Fountains is a haven for wildlife © David Levenson

    Go bird watching

    Look out for water-loving birds in the water garden

  • Climb and clamber in the woods © David Levenson

    Explore inside a tree

    Find an oak tree in the deer park

  • Find creepy crawlies © Michael Hook

    Hunt for bugs

    Old trees in the deer park are just the place

What's on

Look out for extraordinary artworks in the water garden with Folly!

Pick up a 'marvellously magical family map' to create your own journey with strange surprises and mystical goings on to excite your imagination!

Get outdoors

Get your walking boots on, we've got acres for you to explore!

There are paths, trails to follow and walks to do, join a Geocaching taster day or track your own way across the estate on a digital treasure hunt.

On the menu

Choose from children's menu favourites in the Restaurant, pop into Abbey Tearoom for a warming drink or head down to Studley Tearoom for a bite...

You're sure to find something to suit even the pickiest palettes!

Let off steam

Let off some steam in our natural playground

With a timber tangle, nest swing and suspension bridge, our play area is just waiting to be clambered on - open every day except very snowy/icy days. 

Our ball games area is the perfect spot for flying kites and kicking balls!

Wildlife spotting

See Fallow, Sika and Red Deer in the deer park

Take a walk in the deer park or join us for a deer tracks and signs walk to learn how to be an expert tracker.

See what you can spot from our bird hide, and like a true wildlife spotter be sure to note your sightings.

Rain, rain go away!

Have fun whatever the weather

We know that the Great British weather can be a little unpredictable...but you can still have fun even if the skies open.

Splash your way to Drum Falls to hear the water rush by or duck into the mill to see the water wheel thundering round.

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