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.

2pm - Abbey tour

If these walls could talk…unearth the monastic secrets of a great abbey and the daily routines of the monks who lived here. Meet at Porter's Lodge, tour lasts approx. 1 hr.

Prices

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

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £17.60 £16.00
Child £8.80 £8.00
Family £44.00 £40.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £15.20
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.60

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 for both tours
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
22 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
23 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
24 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
25 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
26 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
27 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
28 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
29 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
30 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
31 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
1 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
2 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
3 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
4 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
5 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
6 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
7 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
8 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
9 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
10 September 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available

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Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Monastic powerhouse: an exhibition by Joseph Hayton

Thu 22 Aug 2019
10:00-17:00
See the abbey as the powerhouse it once was through sculpture.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Thu 22 Aug 2019
11:00-12:30
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.

Make a pom-pom in Swanley Grange

Thu 22 Aug 2019
11:00-16:00
Get creative with wool and make a pom pom to take home.

Make your own bread

Thu 22 Aug 2019
13:00-15:30
Come along to have a go kneading dough to make your own unleavened bread at Swanley Grange.

Pond dipping

Fri 23 Aug 2019
11:00-15:00
Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels...there's an extraordinary world waiting to be discovered under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden.

Busy Bees

Sat 24 Aug 2019
10:00-16:00
Keeping bees is quite a craft, the monks would have made 'skeps' to keep bees for their honey and highly-prized wax for making candles, honeyed wines, mead and for sweetening food as they didn't have sugar.