Autumn drive through

Experience the spectacular views of the abbey and water gardens lit up against the night sky from the comfort of your car.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and water garden. It’s just for cars and minibuses so it’s great for people who might be less steady on their feet. As it’s a drive-through you’ll need to stay in your car. If you’d like to come and explore the floodlit ruins on foot, come to one of our Fountains by Floodlight events earlier in the autumn.

Please note we will not be selling refreshments this year.

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
It's a one-way route starting at the Studley Royal Lakeside.
Perfect for experiencing the abbey and water gardens for those a little less steady on their feet. There will be accessible toilets next to Fountains Hall.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
3 November 2019 18:00 - 20:00 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Monastic powerhouse: an exhibition by Joseph Hayton

Tue 20 Aug 2019
See the abbey as the powerhouse it once was through sculpture.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Tue 20 Aug 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.

Make a pom-pom in Swanley Grange

Tue 20 Aug 2019
Get creative with wool and make a pom pom to take home.

Make your own bread

Tue 20 Aug 2019
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
Join us at Swanley Grange to dress up like a monk for this family tour.

Pond dipping

Fri 23 Aug 2019
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.