Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Important notice -

We are open as usual today with lots big puddles to splash in and half-term crafts to enjoy!

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 


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

What's on

Coming to Studley Royal water garden

Discover art in the garden with folly! 2020 

This year see art in the water garden at Yorkshire's UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Artist Steve Messam is bringing his skill and experience of outdoor sculpture within the grounds, aiming to be big, bold and controversial.

Upcoming events

Pick up a welly wander trail

Tue 18 Feb 2020
Introduce the kids to the sounds and smells of the landscape this February half term. Pull on your wellies and pick up a trail sheet to engage their senses while surrounded by nature and have a stomp and splash about outside in the fresh air.

Kids craft: create a winter scene

Tue 18 Feb 2020
Create your own forest scene with twigs from the estate. Will your trees have big branches or will it be whispy like a willow?

Make a friendship band

Tue 18 Feb 2020
Connecting with others is a huge part of our wellbeing. Use colourful wool to make a friendship band for someone special to you.

Pilates in Fountains Hall

Thu 20 Feb 2020
Get yourself moving this winter with a pilates class in Fountains Hall.

Beginners running club at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Thu 20 Feb 2020
Join this new beginners running club to gently build up your strength and stamina with the help of our England Athletics trained run leaders.


Thu 20 Feb 2020
Twinkling high above us are billions of stars. Join York Astro Society this February half term to learn all about them and gaze through a telescope to see which ones you can spot.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Diagram of the proposed Studley renovation

Changing Studley 

This year we're excited to announce our vision for new project 'Studley' where we're aiming to improve the Studley Royal entry to this World Heritage Site.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


A school group learning in Fountains Abbey cellarium

A new way to learn 

Experience a day in the life of a monk, go pond dipping to discover what lurks beneath the water's surface, build a den as a team or get crafty with heritage crafts in Swanley Grange. There's plenty to do here for every educational group in this special place.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


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