Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

A father giving his son a shoulder ride with the ruins of Fountains Abbey in the distance

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

Stitch and embroidery at Swanley Grange

Sat 21 Apr 2018
11:00-16:00
Come and have a go at basic stitches of needle-craft which the monks would have used from running stitch to chain stitch.

Daily abbey and water garden tours

Sun 22 Apr 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.

folly! Art in the garden trail

Sat 28 Apr 2018
10:00-17:00
Pick up a map to explore the follies and let your creativity run wild!

folly! 2018

Sat 28 Apr 2018
10:00-17:00
Surprising, intriguing and extraordinary... See the lost follies of the water garden re-imagined by artists and architects.

Carding and spinning at Swanley Grange

Tue 01 May 2018
11:00-16:00
Before spinning the wool it needs to be carded to straighten the fibres. It's similar to combing your hair! Have a go yourself at Swanley Grange ...

Fascinating nature facts

Wed 02 May 2018
14:00-15:30
Enjoy a walk bursting with interesting facts about nature on the estate.
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.