Boxing Day Pilgrimage

The service begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am and the pilgrimage makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

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.

If you're joining the service at the abbey please park at the visitor centre.

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at Ripon Cathedral
If you're joining the service at the abbey only please park at the visitor centre.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
26 December 2019 09:30 - 13:00 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

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Winter abbey tour

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If these walls could talk… Join one of our knowledgeable guides as they bring to life the dramatic history of this fascinating building.