Today's story - Georgian Folly!

Find out more about the playful follies which decorate the garden.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

The Georgians were renowned for showing off and John and William Aislabie were no different, using Studley Royal water garden to illustrate their wealth and creativity to delight their visitors and guests. Follies were part of this, from the gothic theatrical Octagon Tower to the stunning Temple of Piety. Come along to hear some of the stories behind these striking garden features.


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


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.00 £13.60
Child £7.50 £6.80
Family £37.50 £34.00
Group Adult N/A £12.80
Group Child N/A £6.40

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 or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

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: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  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 donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

National Trust and English Heritage members free (except English Heritage corporate and education memberships). Free admission to St Mary's Church. Under 5s go free.

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at Temple of Piety


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
23 July 2017 15:00 - 15:30 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

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Today's story - Georgian Folly!

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