Boxing Day Pilgrimage

Join the service in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am before joining on this ancient pilgrimage as it makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

On a cold day in 1132, thirteen monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community from nothing and so, Fountains Abbey was born! You too can follow the monks in their footsteps in this annual traditional pilgrimage. It will begin at Ripon Cathedral with a celebration of Eucharist and end with a service of carols and prayers in the abbey cellarium.


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. 

The basics

What to bring and wear
Please wrap up warm and wear sturdy footwear.
Take-away refreshments will be available from the nearby mill yard.

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

These Passing Things

Mon 20 Sep 2021
Discover unexpected large scale landscape artworks by Steve Messam in the garden this summer.

Garden and abbey tour

Mon 20 Sep 2021
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; incorporated into the dramatic designed landscape. Numbers are limited so...

Abbey tour

Mon 20 Sep 2021
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. Numbers are limited so please speak to a member of the welcome team on your arrival.

Any Questions?

Mon 20 Sep 2021
If you don't fancy a guided tour but have something you'd like to ask, drop into the cloister in the centre of the abbey.

Fountains Abbey – The Skell Valley and climate change

Thu 23 Sep 2021
Join Christopher Woods, on a walk around the estate as he shows you the challenges the site is facing and talks through some of the ways they are adapting and mitigating climate change.

Fountains by Floodlight

Sat 02 Oct 2021
Wander through glowing ruins, under shadowed archways and hear haunting choral music ringing through the cellarium this autumn. Join us every Saturday in October and Friday 22 & 29 to have an after-dark experience you won’t forget.