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

Monastic powerhouse: an exhibition by Joseph Hayton

Sat 19 Oct 2019
See the abbey as the powerhouse it once was through sculpture.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Sat 19 Oct 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.

Apple juicing

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Watch our heritage English apple harvest being turned into juice and sample the delicious results.

Autumn deer watch

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Come and experience one of the season's most spectacular sights on this guided walk through the medieval deer park.

Fountains by Floodlight

Sat 19 Oct 2019
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!

Tree texture trail

Sat 26 Oct 2019
Discover the the textures of different trees across the estate this October half term.