Archaeology Tour with Mark Newman

Ever wondered what lies below Fountains Abbey or what was here before? Join our Archaeologist Mark Newman to find out more about our recent discoveries...

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

To celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology, join our free event with Archaeologist Mark Newman on Sunday 31st July 12pm and 3pm.

The tour will last an hour and cover our recent discoveries in areas around the Abbey, the technology we use and why archaeology is important to our work.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


Gift Aid Standard
Adult £18.70 £17.00
Child £9.40 £8.50
Family £46.80 £42.50
1 adult, 2 children £28.10 £25.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 14
N/A £16.15
Group Child
Minimum group size 14
N/A £8.08

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

National Trust & English Heritage members can visit free of charge as part of their membership. Please bring your membership card with you. We do not accept CSSC cards.

The basics

Children welcome
Meeting point
Porters Lodge
What to bring and wear
Sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothes
Accessible route available.

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Tree listening installation

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Still Time to Wonder. A new exhibition by Joe Cornish

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Garden and Abbey Tour

Fri 01 Jul 2022
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Abbey tour

Fri 01 Jul 2022
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Mill Tour

Wed 06 Jul 2022
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Mass for the Feast of St Benedict

Mon 11 Jul 2022
Join us for a special service to celebrate the life of St Benedict and his impact on monasticism and the wider Christian Church.