Nature detective spotter sheet

Get ready to be a nature detective with a free spotter sheet...

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

During the summer holidays (23 July to 4 September), pick up a free spotter sheet from any welcome point on site. Head off with your sheet and explore the estate, learning more about nature and trying out different nature-based activities. What will you discover?

Take as long or as little as you like - this trail is suitable for those with little legs or those who are a bit older too! There's no set route, so you can take this spotter sheet anywhere on the estate.


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. We do not accept CSSC cards.

The basics

Children must be supervised by guardians on the estate.
Meeting point
The Visitor Centre and Studley entrances are open for entry 10am-4:30pm. The Westgate entrance is open for entry 11am-3pm.
What to bring and wear
Fountains Abbey is an outdoor site, so please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. There are some steep hills (up to 20% gradient or 1:5) and areas of uneven ground.
Disabled parking is available at all car parks and flat, level access to the grounds is available at Westgate. Mobility scooters are available to hire from Westgate, but we recommend calling in advance to book. Large-print versions of the spotter sheet are available. An access leaflet and map is available for visitors to use alongside the spotter sheet.

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Nature detective spotter sheet

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Get ready to be a nature detective with a free spotter sheet...

Still Time to Wonder. A new exhibition by Joe Cornish

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Imagine a stillness which will likely never come to this place again. Through the lens of Joe Cornish, explore the tactile beauty of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal over three years and during the silence of the coronavirus lockdown.

James Owen Thomas art exhibition

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Visit Swanley Grange workshop to see artworks created by Nidderdale artist James Owen Thomas.

Garden and Abbey Tour

Mon 15 Aug 2022
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.

Family crafts at Swanley Grange

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Get crafty in Swanley Grange during the summer holidays.

Abbey tour

Mon 15 Aug 2022
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.