Daily water garden and abbey tours

A tale of two parts, delve deeper into this World Heritage Site on a guided tour to learn more about the history and stories of this ancient place.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

11am - Garden and abbey tour

Fountains Abbey became the greatest folly of all when John Aislabie created his dramatic water garden. See the abbey as the Georgians did and discover 21st century follies designed by artists and architects. Meet at Porter's Lodge, tour lasts approx. 1.5hrs.

Prices

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

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £18.50 £16.80
Child £9.25 £8.40
Family £46.25 £42.00
One adult family £27.75 £25.20
Group Adult
Minimum group size 16
N/A £14.40
Group Child
Minimum group size 16
N/A £7.20

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 and English Heritage members free (except English Heritage corporate and education memberships). Free admission to St Mary's Church.

All members need to bring their cards, including family passes. 

A family ticket includes 2 adults and 3 children. Under 5s go free. 

The basics

Suitability
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Porters Lodge. This can be found on the map given to you at admissions, or follow the signs. It sits on the edge of the west green of the abbey, at the bottom of the hill from the visitor centre.
What to bring and wear
Sturdy shoes for walking over uneven ground.
Accessibility
This tour will go off the path but please ask on your arrival whether they're able to do an accessible route.
Other
If you're unable to join a tour but would like to know more about the abbey's history visit Porter's Lodge or pick up an audio guide on your way in. You can also call by the abbey cloister between 3-4pm to chat to one of our volunteers and ask any questions about the abbey you may have.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
4 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
5 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
6 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
7 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
8 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
9 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
10 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
11 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
12 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
13 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
15 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
16 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
17 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
18 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
19 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
20 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
21 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
22 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available
23 April 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Fountains Abbey
Email
fountainsabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Beginners running club at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Wed 22 Jan 2020
09:00-10:00
Join this new beginners running club to gently build up your strength and stamina with the help of our England Athletics trained run leaders.

Pilates in Fountains Hall

Thu 23 Jan 2020
09:00-10:00
Get yourself moving this winter with a pilates class in Fountains Hall.

Winter garden tours

Sat 25 Jan 2020
11:30-12:30
Join a free tour to learn more about the Aislabies, the father and son who created this World Heritage Site water garden.

Winter abbey tour

Sat 25 Jan 2020
13:30-14:30
If these walls could talk… Join one of our knowledgeable guides as they bring to life the dramatic history of this fascinating building.

Guided wellbeing walk through the abbey landscape

Sun 26 Jan 2020
10:00-11:30
Start the new year being inspired by the great outdoors. Can you feel the crunch of winter leaves underfoot? Or hear the birds sing? Join this free guided walk to be mindful and present with the nature and landscape around you.

Wild wellbeing walk around Studley Royal deer park

Sun 09 Feb 2020
10:00-11:30
Start the year with an invigorating Sunday morning walk enjoying the scenery and wildlife of Studley Deer Park.