Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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

Important notice -

Mill Café will be closed from 3 June - 28 June for some essential repair work to the roof. The Banqueting House will be closed for conservation work on 24-28 June and 3 July.

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

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Pizza from Simply Wood Fired

Summer street food at Beer and Bread 

Join us at Fountains Mill for a new summer event with Yorkshire street food inspired by beer and bread. Tuck into pizza, beer and much more! Play family games and join a free tour to learn all about how the monks made their food.

Upcoming events

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Wed 19 Jun 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.

Beer and Bread at Fountains Abbey

Sat 22 Jun 2019
11:00-17:00
The monks who lived at Fountains Abbey knew what they were doing when it came to the bare essentials. Come and celebrate beer and bread through the ages at a new summer event with local brewers and bakers.

Summer deer watch

Sat 22 Jun 2019
14:00-16:00
Do you know your stags from your hinds and your Reds from your Sikas? Come and explore the deer park in summer with our guides...

Natural dye at Swanley Grange

Sat 06 Jul 2019
11:00-16:00
Come along to watch this natural wool dyeing process, which has more than a hint of magic and alchemy about it.

Fascinating nature facts

Wed 10 Jul 2019
14:00-15:30
Enjoy a walk bursting with interesting facts about nature on the estate.

Mass for St Benedict

Thu 11 Jul 2019
12:00-13:00
For Cistercian monks, like the ones here at Fountains Abbey, St. Benedict was a key figure. It was Benedict's 'rule' that the monk followed - a pure and simple way of life.
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.