Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Important notice -

We're working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is closed.

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 

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A full day of exploring...

Your ticket or National Trust membership gives you a full day out of exploring. We're more than just another abbey. Discover the ancient Fountains Mill, wander through the sweeping World Heritage Site water garden and the medieval deer park of Studley Royal. There's a large play park for families, too.

Couple walking at Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire

Explore the abbey 

The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. Step back into a rich and dramatic past and imagine what life would have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago. Keep your eyes out for events held in the abbey throughout the year, whether it's an auntumal visit for Fountains by Floodlight or to celebrate Christmas at Carols by Candlelight and Music and Lights.

Woman looking over a wintery Studley Royal water garden

What can you do in the water garden? 

You've explored the abbey and now it's time for the water garden. Designed in the 18th century these gardens hold a place on the world stage, granted World Heritage Status in 1986. Find out what you can do on your visit here.

Girls climbing on tree in Studley Royal deer park

So much more than just an abbey... 

Discover hidden gems including the oldest building in the National Trust, Fountains Mill. You can also explore acres of the medieval deer park, soak up the opulent interior of the church and visit Fountains Hall. There's plenty here for a whole day out.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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Mother and daughter in front of Fountains Abbey

Dedicate a donation 

Support Fountains Abbey by dedicating a donation to someone special and add your precious memories to our interactive map. A unique way to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion, your donation will help us care for Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water garden (including Studley Royal deer park) for years to come.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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