Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

a snowy tree stump at Fountains Abbey

Important notice -

Winter opening: closed Fridays from 5 Nov to Jan 28. Closed 24 & 25 Dec. Visitor Centre and Studley admissions Sat-Thu 10am-4pm, West Gate 11am-3pm. Car parks close at 5:30pm.

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

Girls drinking hot chocolate Christmas Fountains Abbey

What's happening this Christmas at Fountains 2021

Christmas is seeing the abbey glow. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights. You can sing along to your favourite carols as festive music fills the air.

Upcoming events

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Wed 08 Dec 2021
10:00-16:00
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail

Christmas crafts at Swanley Grange

Sat 11 Dec 2021
11:00-15:00
Create a friend for Percy the Park Keeper in Swanley Grange: have fun creating pinecone snowy owls using wool and felt.

On the hoof

Sat 11 Dec 2021
11:30-12:30
Trot along to the deer park, just past St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed. Can you spot the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our deer ranger will give you some pointers and you'll learn...

Garden and abbey tour

Sat 11 Dec 2021
11:30-13:00
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 11 Dec 2021
13:30-14:30
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.

Music & Lights at Christmas

Sat 11 Dec 2021
14:00-17:00
See the abbey aglow in coloured lights and listen to the sound of festive music as you explore the ruins.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Conservation in action

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.