Help us return the Dying Gladiator to Studley Royal

The iconic Dying Gladiator has been missing from Studley Royal for the past 100 years. Help us return it to its rightful place in the water gardens.

The Dying Gladiator in Studley Royal water garden
Photograph of a statue during summertime, in Studley Royal water Garden.

The story of the Dying Gladiator 

Conservation is at the heart of what we do at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. As part of our World Heritage Site plan we have ambitions to return the 300 year old garden to its original design, including the return of the Dying Gladiator. Reinstating this statue will bring us one step closer to re-creating John Aislabie’s masterpiece for all to enjoy.

  • John Aislabie first began work on the water garden in 1718
  • The Dying Gladiator was part of the water garden for 150 years before it went missing
  • We need to raise £80,000 to return the statue to its rightful home

Donate to Help us return the Dying Gladiator to Studley Royal

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Statue painting at Studley Royal
£10 could go towards painting the lead cast of the Dying Gladiator to the white colour that the statues were in the original garden
£50 could go towards buying the rock to make the plinth the statue will stand on
Statue painting at Studley Royal
The Dying Gladiator in Studley Royal water garden
£100 could go towards making the mould of the statue we are replicating
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" Replicating and reinstating this missing statue will enhance the garden further and bring our visitors closer to John Aislabie's original vision."
- Sarah France, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator and Conservation Manager
Visitors exploring The Octagon Tower in Studley Royal water garden

Conservation at Studley Royal 

It costs over £1 million a year to look after the estate. Entrance fees and income from our shop and café are vital but they don't cover all of our costs. By giving to our Dying Gladiator appeal you are helping us care for this important World Heritage Site for future generations. Thank you.

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.

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