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

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

Times

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

Contact Info

Name
Fountains Abbey
Email
fountainsabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Monastic powerhouse: an exhibition by Joseph Hayton

Tue 20 Aug 2019
10:00-17:00
See the abbey as the powerhouse it once was through sculpture.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Tue 20 Aug 2019
11:00-12:30
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.

Make a pom-pom in Swanley Grange

Tue 20 Aug 2019
11:00-16:00
Get creative with wool and make a pom pom to take home.

Make your own bread

Tue 20 Aug 2019
13:00-15:30
Come along to have a go kneading dough to make your own unleavened bread at Swanley Grange.

It's a monks life family tour

Wed 21 Aug 2019
14:00-14:45
Join us at Swanley Grange to dress up like a monk for this family tour.

Pond dipping

Fri 23 Aug 2019
11:00-15:00
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.