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Notice: Please remember... The Abbey and Water Garden are closed on Fridays in November, December and January, but the Deer Park and Studley Tearoom are open daily as usual (except Friday 28 Nov). The whole property is closed 24 and 25 December, but open all day on Boxing Day for post-Christmas walks and our traditional Boxing Day Pilgrimage.

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.

Christmas is coming...

Every weekend see the abbey all aglow with 'Music and Lights' © Chris Lacey

Every weekend see the abbey all aglow with 'Music and Lights'

Christmas is coming...

What's that sound? It's jingle bells as Father Christmas touches down! © Chris Lacey

What's that sound? It's jingle bells as Father Christmas touches down!

Christmas is coming...

Wrap up warm and explore the deer park © Chris Lacey

Wrap up warm and explore the deer park

Christmas is coming...

Use natural materials from the estate to adorn your home © Chris Lacey

Use natural materials from the estate to adorn your home

Christmas is coming...

Book to enjoy a traditional festive lunch in our restaurant © National Trust

Book to enjoy a traditional festive lunch in our restaurant

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