Fountains rocks

The monks arrived here 800 years ago but the rocks have been here longer.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Find out more about the geology that shapes the scenery of the estate and was used to create the abbey.


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


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

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
The walk begins at Porter's Lodge.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
17 April 2019 13:30 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Heritage: A Harrogate College Exhibition

Fri 22 Mar 2019
Come and see a unique collection of mixed media pieces inspired by medieval heritage crafts created by the students of Harrogate College.

Winter abbey tours

Sat 23 Mar 2019
If these walls could talk...

Bird detective trail

Sat 30 Mar 2019
Discover nests and eggs, feathers and bird song on an interactive trail around the abbey and water garden and learn about the life of a baby bird.

Lavender bags at Swanley Grange

Sat 30 Mar 2019
Bring the kids to get creative with hessian to make their own lavender bag.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Mon 01 Apr 2019
A tale of two parts, delve deeper into this World Heritage Site on a guided tour. Any questions? 3-4pm Abbey cloister If you don’t fancy a tour but have something you’d like to ask, visit one of our guides as you explore the estate.

Any questions?

Mon 01 Apr 2019
Ask one of our knowledgeable guides about the history of the abbey