Discover folly! at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Discover four interactive new art installations in this iconic World Heritage Site this summer. Explore the water garden as it was originally created; a playful water garden with dramatic views that criss-cross the landscape.

folly 2018 celebrates the lost follies of Studley Royal

What is folly! 2018? 

Striking, surprising, entertaining and unusual... folly! 2018 is a feast for the eyes with four new outdoor works adorning the views of this World Heritage Site.

Join the folly! family trail and let your creativity run wild!

folly! art in the garden family trail 

There's art in the garden but it's not paintings, and it's not in a gallery...The artworks are in the garden and they're just for fun - we call them follies. Use this map to explore!

Family looking at Folly! artwork in the Banqueting House

folly! 2016 

Featuring work by artist Mat Collishaw, one of the UK’s most thought provoking contemporary artists, two new installations were co-commissioned with London Gallery Blain|Southern to play with your senses and trick your eyes!

Folly! at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

folly! 2015 

Visitors who peered inside the Octagon Tower, Temple of Piety and the Banqueting House in folly! 2015 were surprised to find extraordinary installations created by artists to re-animate these fanciful garden follies.

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