Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

summer strolls on East Green at Fountains Abbey

Important notice -

St Mary's Church will be closed on Saturday 13th August due to a private event. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Things to see and do

What to expect on your visit to Fountains Abbey

Visitors (excluding organised group visits) no longer have to pre-book to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. With over 800 acres to explore as well as places to eat, shop and rest, there's lots you might like to know ahead of your visit.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

What's happening this summer at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Fountains by Floodlight at Fountains Abbey

Discover Fountains by Floodlight this October

In 2022 we're celebrating 90 years of floodlighting the abbey ruins. This special event is open to members and non-members of the National Trust and everyone will need to book a ticket to attend. Tickets will be available on our website in September. Keep an eye on our social media channels for the most up to date information.

Upcoming events

Nature detective spotter sheet

Sun 14 Aug 2022
10:00-16:30
Get ready to be a nature detective with a free spotter sheet...

Still Time to Wonder. A new exhibition by Joe Cornish

Sun 14 Aug 2022
10:00-17:00
Imagine a stillness which will likely never come to this place again. Through the lens of Joe Cornish, explore the tactile beauty of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal over three years and during the silence of the coronavirus lockdown.

James Owen Thomas art exhibition

Sun 14 Aug 2022
10:00-17:00
Visit Swanley Grange workshop to see artworks created by Nidderdale artist James Owen Thomas.

Garden and Abbey Tour

Sun 14 Aug 2022
11:00-12:30
Fountains Abbey became the greatest folly of all when John Aislabie created his water garden at Studley Royal. See the abbey as the Georgians did on this guided tour.

Family crafts at Swanley Grange

Sun 14 Aug 2022
11:00-15:00
Get crafty in Swanley Grange during the summer holidays.

Abbey tour

Sun 14 Aug 2022
14:00-15:00
If these walls could talk...unearth the monastic secrets of a great abbey and the daily routines of the monks who lived here on this guided tour.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Things to see and do

The Witcher at Fountains Abbey fire

Fountains Abbey on film 

With atmospheric ruins, acres of playful gardens and brooding buildings this vast World Heritage site has been used as a location for film and TV for decades. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has been transformed into the cellars of the Houses of Parliament, a setting for a regency scandal and a very secret garden.... twice! Find out more about what's been filmed here.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Places to stay

A view of Fountains Hall in summer

Holiday at Fountains Abbey 

From a mini-break to a family holiday or a group getaway in the great outdoors with the best of Yorkshire on your doorstep, stay in a Fountains Abbey holiday home this year.