Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

See the Studley Royal follies lit up

Important notice -

Please remember we are closed on Fridays throughout November - January, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but open on Friday 29 December. Studley Royal tea-room will be open on Fridays 10.30am - 4pm.

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

More about this place

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

Couple enjoying music and lights at Fountains Abbey

Experience Music & Lights 

Here at Fountains we're getting into the Christmas spirit and have just the thing to enjoy on a cold winter's afternoon. Wrap up warm to enjoy the abbey bathed in multi-coloured lights with live festive music ringing throughout the ruins.

Upcoming events

Sighted tours

Thu 14 Dec 2017
10:00-16:00
Experience this World Heritage Site in a way that suits you with one of our Guide Dogs or RNIB trained sighted guides.

Festive Explorer map

Thu 14 Dec 2017
10:00-16:00
Use your explorer map to find and open the presents on the estate. You'll learn all about some traditional Christmas and New Year festivities along the way.

Fountains Christmas Post Office

Thu 14 Dec 2017
11:00-16:00
It's nearly Christmas and our post office at Fountains Hall is officially open for business!

Festive Christmas Lunches

Thu 14 Dec 2017
12:00-13:30
Enjoy a delicious festive lunch with family, friends or colleagues this December.

Father Christmas Grotto

Sat 16 Dec 2017
11:00-15:00
What's that sound? It's the jingle of reindeer bells - Father Christmas is touching down at Fountains Abbey this year and he comes bearing gifts.

Festive family crafts

Sat 16 Dec 2017
11:00-16:00
Get creative with all the family this Christmas and make rustic decorations out of natural materials.
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, den building or even camp out under the stars when you bring your educational group to our 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

Wedding couple at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire

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.