Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

A duck with her ducklings on the river Skell with Fountains Abbey in the distance

Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Things to see and do 

Explore the estate

An autumnal view of Jacobean mansion Fountains Hall

Exploring further...

Discover our hidden gems including Fountains Mill built by the Cistercians in the 12th-century, it's one of the oldest buildings on the estate. We're also home to a deer park, church and grand hall.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Upcoming events

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Wed 24 Jul 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.

It's a monks life family tour

Wed 24 Jul 2019
14:00-14:45
Join us at Swanley Grange to dress up like a monk for this family tour.

Make a journey stick

Thu 25 Jul 2019
11:00-15:00
Make a journey stick to decorate before you head out for your abbey adventure

Pond dipping

Fri 26 Jul 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.

Going Digital photography workshops

Sun 28 Jul 2019
10:00-16:00
Discover how to get the best out of your camera with these photography workshops with Pandora. Learn the basics in an inspiring setting or discover how to capture the perfect landscape.

Make a mini folly

Tue 30 Jul 2019
13:00-15:30
Take inspiration from the Temple of Piety, the Temple of Fame and the Octagon Tower to make your very own mini folly in the garden.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Learning

National Trust Education Officer and a school group at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire

A new way to learn 

Experience a day in the life of a monk, go pond dipping to discover what lurks beneath the water's surface, build a den as a team or get crafty with heritage crafts in Swanley Grange. There's plenty to do here for every educational group in this special place.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Groups

National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Visit with your group 

Groups of visitors have been coming to our special place since the 18th-century. With guided tours, self-led visits and a discount on admission prices come and find out what makes this World Heritage Site so special.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Places to stay

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Weddings

Newly wedded couple in front of Fountains Abbey

Say 'I do' 

Say 'I do' at this World Heritage Site then have celebratory drinks and canapés in the private walled garden overlooking the River Skell.