Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Important notice -

Our visitor centre is having a makeover at the moment. The admissions and shop teams are set up in the restaurant instead. Our main shop is closed but you can still buy small tokens such as mugs, magnets and postcards or visit the Studley shop.

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

Boys from the Settlers Society standing outside their huts

The Settlers Society  

Can you help us to trace the personal history of the Settlers Society at Fountains Abbey? Visit our new exhibition in the hall to read about the boys who came here in the 1930s to make a new life for themselves.

Upcoming events

folly! Art in the garden trail

Mon 25 Jun 2018
10:00-17:00
Pick up a map to explore the follies and let your creativity run wild!

folly! 2018

Mon 25 Jun 2018
10:00-17:00
Surprising, intriguing and extraordinary... See the lost follies of the water garden re-imagined by artists and architects.

Daily abbey and water garden tours

Mon 25 Jun 2018
11:00-14:00
A tale of two parts, revisit the abbey's monastic past before experiencing the Georgian splendour of the water garden.

Weaving at Swanley Grange

Mon 25 Jun 2018
11:00-16:00
Weaving is a way of producing cloth by interlacing yarns at right angles.

Summer in the herb garden

Tue 26 Jun 2018
13:30-15:30
Meet Rosemary, Angelica and Rose in the hidden herb garden opposite Fountains Hall.

Natural dye at Swanley Grange

Sat 07 Jul 2018
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.
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

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.