Music and Lights

Here at Fountains we're getting into the Christmas spirit and have just the thing to enjoy on a cold winter's afternoon.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Tuck into festive food then wander through the estate to see the trees twinkling with light and the abbey all aglow with the colours of the rainbow. Stop by the cellarium to catch some live festive music - don't hesitate to join in if you know the tune! Normal admission charges apply. Last entry 4pm but choirs will be continuing to perform after that.


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.
Last entry 4pm


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
25 November 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
26 November 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
2 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
3 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
9 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
16 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
17 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
23 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
27 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
28 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
29 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
30 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available
31 December 2017 14:45 - 17:00 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Autumn Explorer Map

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Pick up an autumn explorer map to make the most of crunchy, crackly and colourful nature.

Sighted tours

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Experience this World Heritage Site in a way that suits you with one of our RNIB trained sighted guides.

Dissolution: a sculpture exhibition

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Come and marvel at Joseph Hayton's new works in marble and bronze.

Apple juicing

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Watch our heritage English apple harvest being turned into juice, and sample the delicious results.

Awesome autumn weaving

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Try your hand at weaving in Swanley Grange using glorious autumn coloured wool.

Abbey & water garden tour

Sat 21 Oct 2017
A tale of two parts, revisit the abbey's monastic past before experiencing the Georgian splendour of the water garden.