Fountains by Floodlight

Experience something truly special as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey and marvel at the water garden follies aglow. There are extra Friday dates for you to enjoy, too!

  • Booking not needed

Listen to a live performance from the choir as you enjoy the abbey aglow with light. Join an evening guided tour to learn all about its history and try to catch a glimpse of the abbey's mysterious roving monk. Warm up with a scrummy hot pulled pork, roast chicken sandwich or veggie burger as you explore the water gardens and see the statues and follies glowing against a night sky.

Gift aid prices are £10 for adults, £5 for children or members get in for free with their National Trust card.


Event ticket prices
  • Adult £10.00
  • Child £5.00
Additional prices
  • Members free £0.00

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
You can come in through the visitor centre. West Gate is is disabled priority. The Studley Royal entrance will be closed.
What to bring and wear
This is an outdoor event so remember to wrap up warm and bring a torch. We advise sturdy footwear.
There's wheelchair access around the abbey. Please see the Access leaflet on our website homepage for the route. You'll also be able to follow the paved path down to the garden.
Friday 1 November - please note we are closed during the day. The car parks will open for the event at 5pm.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
5 October 2019 17:00 - 21:00 Available
12 October 2019 17:00 - 21:00 Available
19 October 2019 17:00 - 21:00 Available
25 October 2019 17:00 - 21:00 Available
26 October 2019 17:00 - 21:00 Available
1 November 2019 17:00 - 21:00 Available
2 November 2019 17:00 - 21:00 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Tue 16 Jul 2019
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.

Summer deer watch

Sat 20 Jul 2019
Do you know your stags from your hinds and your Reds from your Sikas? Come and explore the deer park in summer with our guides...

Spot the wildflower

Tue 23 Jul 2019
The Banqueting House lawn is full to bursting with all sorts of wildflowers. Drop in to see which ones you can find.

Make a journey stick

Tue 23 Jul 2019
Make a journey stick to decorate before you head out for your abbey adventure

It's a monks life family tour

Wed 24 Jul 2019
Join us at Swanley Grange to dress up like a monk for this family tour.

Pond dipping

Fri 26 Jul 2019
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.