Waterlogged: an art trail with Henshaws

Explore a watery-themed trail with giant sculptures of pond snails, herons and more.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

From Saturday 28th May - 19th June, pick up a trail map from any admissions point and enjoy finding a variety of giant pond themed creatures around the site anytime between 10:00am and 4:30pm.

The time the trail takes will depend on the speed you walk. But allow a couple of hours for little legs to make their way round the whole thing.

Learn more about watery wildlife while you take in the beautiful scenery of the abbey and water gardens.

Our giant sculptures have been made by Henshaws, a local charity based in Knaresborough.


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

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Meeting point
Start your watery adventure from any admissions point. (The Visitor Centre and Studley gates open from 10:00am to 4:30pm. and West Gate from 11:00am to 3:00pm.)
What to bring and wear
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is an outdoor site. Sturdy footwear will help with uneven ground and steep hills and warm clothes and waterproofs might be a good idea too.
We have disabled parking at all car parks and flat level access for visitors at West Gate - open from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Mobility scooters are available to borrow for free for those who need them but we advise calling the estate in advance to reserve one. Large print versions of the trail are also available on request.
Henshaws is a local charity based in Knaresborough. They bring people together to make art. Through their workshops, people living with a range of disabilities discover their talents, put them into practice and realise their full potential.

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Wood print art exhibition

Mon 23 May 2022
See an exhibition of beautiful tree prints from artist printmaker Shona Branigan in the summer house opposite Fountains Hall.

Tree listening installation

Mon 23 May 2022
Discover what happens behind the bark of a tree with the Tree Listening Installation.

Still Time to Wonder. A new exhibition by Joe Cornish

Mon 23 May 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.

Garden and Abbey Tour

Mon 23 May 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.

Abbey tour

Mon 23 May 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.

Mill Tour

Wed 25 May 2022
Discover the history of the oldest building on the estate