Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

summer strolls on East Green at Fountains Abbey

Important notice -

Our vehicle charging points will be out of use on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 May because of essential electrical works at the visitor centre. Apologies for any inconvenience. The nearest charging points are at Booths in Ripon.

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. With over 800 acres to explore as well as places to eat, shop and rest, there's lots you might like to know ahead of your visit.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Things to do this spring at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Joe Cornish in Studley Deer Park, North Yorkshire

In discussion. An evening of nature, beauty and history.

Join the conversation on 23 June and listen to guest speakers Joe Cornish, renowned landscape photographer, Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director General of the National Trust and Mark Newman, National Trust archaeologist and author of The Wonder of the North. After learning about the nature, beauty and history of this special place you'll be able to enjoy an evening stroll around the abbey and water gardens to snap your own photos and reflect on the discussion.

Upcoming events

Wood print art exhibition

Fri 27 May 2022
10:00-16:00
See an exhibition of beautiful tree prints from artist printmaker Shona Branigan in the summer house opposite Fountains Hall.

Tree listening installation

Fri 27 May 2022
10:00-16:30
Discover what happens behind the bark of a tree with the Tree Listening Installation.

Still Time to Wonder. A new exhibition by Joe Cornish

Fri 27 May 2022
10:00-17:00
Imagine a stillness which will likely never come to this place again. Through the lens of Joe Cornish, explore the tactile beauty of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal over three years and during the silence of the coronavirus lockdown.

Garden and Abbey Tour

Fri 27 May 2022
11:00-12:30
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

Fri 27 May 2022
14:00-15:00
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.

Waterlogged: an art trail with Henshaws

Sat 28 May 2022
10:00-16:00
Explore a watery-themed trail with giant sculptures of pond snails, herons and more.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Things to see and do

The Witcher at Fountains Abbey fire

Fountains Abbey on film 

With atmospheric ruins, acres of playful gardens and brooding buildings this vast World Heritage site has been used as a location for film and TV for decades. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has been transformed into the cellars of the Houses of Parliament, a setting for a regency scandal and a very secret garden.... twice! Find out more about what's been filmed here.

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.