Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

a snowy tree stump at Fountains Abbey

Important notice -

We're closed Fridays until Jan 28 inclusive. Visitor Centre & Studley admissions Sat -Thu 10am-4pm. Car parks close 5:30pm. West Gate admissions 11am-3pm. No vehicle or pedestrian access to the visitor centre - Friday 28 Jan.

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

What to expect on your visit to Fountains Abbey

You no longer have to pre-book to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. We're following government guidelines and adapting our ways of working, so your visit to the site may still be a little different than you're used to. Please have a read through the information here and help us keep Fountains Abbey open safely for everyone to enjoy.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

A family explore the ruins of Fountains abbey

Winter adventures and half term fun

Pull on your woollies and welly boots for a sparkling winter walk. See spiders' webs glisten in the frost and hear the birds chattering at the bird hide. Find your own connection with nature and engage your senses through 900 years of history. Plus, see if you can spot the first signs of spring: snowdrops.

Upcoming events

50 Things: Watch a bird

Sat 29 Jan 2022
Pick up a free spotter card, chat to the Wildlife Team and make a pinecone bird feeder

Garden and abbey tour

Sat 29 Jan 2022
Fountains Abbey became the greatest folly of all when John Aislabie created his water garden at Studley Royal. See the abbey as the Georgians did on this guided tour.

Abbey tour

Sat 29 Jan 2022
If these walls could talk...unearth the monastic secrets of a great abbey and the daily routines of the monks who lived here on this guided tour.

Signs of Springo

Sat 19 Feb 2022
Have a go at playing 'spring-go' on site with an activity sheet!

Plant a Snowdrop

Sat 19 Feb 2022
Celebrate the signs of spring appearing and plant a snowdrop to take home

Get crafty in Swanley Grange

Sat 19 Feb 2022
Make a flower using just one primitive tool… a fork!
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Things to see and do

The Witcher at Fountains Abbey fire

Fountains Abbey on film 

With atmospheric ruins, acres of playful gardens and brooding buildings this vast World Heritage site has been used as a location for film and TV for decades. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has been transformed into the cellars of the Houses of Parliament, a setting for a regency scandal and a very secret garden.... twice! Find out more about what's been filmed here.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Places to stay

A view of Fountains Hall in summer

Holiday at Fountains Abbey 

From a mini-break to a family holiday or a group getaway in the great outdoors with the best of Yorkshire on your doorstep, stay in a Fountains Abbey holiday home this year.