April adventures at Fountains Abbey

Looking over the half moon pond from Surprise view at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

April is a magical time of year where new life really starts to come into its own. Lambs will soon be frolicking in the fields and the trees are slowly turning green. As the light starts to linger enjoy a stroll through the 800 acre estate, discover what's growing in the medieval vegetable garden in Swanley Grange and enjoy a guided walk to spot the deer.

A spring stomping ground

A walk makes everybody feel better, whether it's a brisk power walk or gentle stroll. There are plenty of trails to help you enjoy your time outdoors as much as possible.  Lace your boots and grab a cosy fleece to enjoy a good leg stretch. 

Guided walks for you

Fountains Rocks

Although the abbey is old, the rocks surrounding it are much older. Come along and learn all about the geology of the landscape in this guided one and a half hour walk on Wednesday 18 April, 2 - 3.30pm.

Deer watch

Do you know your stags from your hinds and your Reds from your Sikas? Head out with our expert guides to discover what the deer are up to in spring and hopefully catch a glimpse of their new antlers starting to grow.

Discover the varied wildlife that live on the estate.
a group of deer in studley royal deerpark hiding beneath the trees.
Discover the varied wildlife that live on the estate.

Stretch your legs with these self guided walks

Family fun this April

Settler's Society

Fountains Hall will become the home of a brand new exhibition this Easter. Discover the untold history of the Settlers Society – a boys training camp set up in the 1930s at Fountains Hall, offering young men from deprived areas of the North East a chance to escape the poverty of the Great Depression. Our interactive new exhibition will tell the personal histories of the boys who lived here.

Art in the garden: folly! 2018

From Saturday 28 April our outdoor art programme folly! is back for its third year, bigger and bolder than ever before. Four new artworks will betemporarily installed in the grounds, inspired by the 'lost follies' of Studley Royal. You'll have until 4 November (exc. 2 November) to come and explore the art. Read all about this years art programme below.

Daily tours are back

A tale of two parts, there will be two tours of the abbey and one tour of the water garden each day. Each free tour lasts about an hour. If you don’t fancy a tour but have something you’d like to ask, visit one of our guides as you stroll the estate. Find out more about tours and question times here.

Who's tweeting now?

Tree Creepers, Blackcaps. Song Thrushes, Willow Warblers, Garden warblers and Swallows will start to appear at the end of the month.

Willow Warbler in flight
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler in flight
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.

Autumn colours start to appear in Studley Royal water garden giving the Gazing Ball a bright backdrop

Discover folly! 2018 

Discover something extraordinary in Studley Royal water garden this year. Four striking outdoor artworks re-imagine the lost folly buildings that once stood in this dramatic place. Find out more...

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