Find the festive spirit at Fountains

It's the time of year when holly berries dot the trees and frosts blanket the grounds. Layer up and come together to relax, unwind and embrace this festive time of year at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal for a day out you'll remember forever.

Christmas starts here...

It starts as you follow the trail of trees down the drive... Snap a selfie with the Christmas tree in the courtyard and visit the bird hide to see which winter birds you can see on your way down to the abbey.

Pick up an audio guide from admissions, immerse yourself in the life of the monks in Porter's Lodge or join an abbey tour on weekends to learn all about the dramatic history of these ruins and the monks who searched for a simpler life.

Sing along with hundreds of others and Ripon City Band in Fountains Abbey this Christmas
Sing along with hundreds of others and Ripon City Band in Fountains Abbey this Christmas
Sing along with hundreds of others and Ripon City Band in Fountains Abbey this Christmas

Christmas is seeing the abbey glow...

Lit up with all the colours of the rainbow on weekends throughout December, the abbey is a sight to see. Walk beneath the cellarium's vaulted ceilings, under the grand columns of the nave and listen to the choir as they fill the ruins with festive song. Join in if you know the tune!

Come to hear the choir sing in the abbey cellarium
Come to hear the choir sing in the cellarium at Fountains Abbey
Come to hear the choir sing in the abbey cellarium

Fill the cellarium with song

Take part in Carols by Candlelight, a service that has now become truly part of the Fountains Abbey Christmas experience. Add your singing voice and candle light to hundreds of others as we come together to belt out a selection of favourite  Christmas carols in the abbey cellarium on Sunday 9 December. There's mulled wine and mince pies to tuck into, too. 

Join us for these Christmas highlights

Enjoying a winter stroll through Fountains Abbey
Walking by Fountains Abbey
Enjoying a winter stroll through Fountains Abbey

Spend time with family this Christmas

If you're looking for a good day out with your family take a look at our family page for everything that's going on.

Mulled wine and mince pies

Catching up over a mulled wine on a crisp winter's day beats the pinging of a phone message any day. Sit down and have a  natter with your favourites and see how many mince pies can you eat… You'll be hard pushed to stop nibbling at these tasty treats. Try them out with a steaming cup of tea or coffee in Studley tea-room as you overlook the lake with winter birds having a paddle. Or pop into Mill Café by the abbey for a light bite or warm drink with a view over the abbey.

Treat yourself in the shop

Have you seen our new shop at the visitor centre yet? If not, pop in to say hello and to see the range of seasonal homewares, books and Christmas treats that deck the shelves.

Drinks from the online shop
Drinks from the National Trust shop
Drinks from the online shop

Whether you find the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones or a little something for the stocking, you know you can feel good about buying it here as the money you spend goes straight back into looking after Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Next time stay a little longer...

Whether you're wanting a getaway for two or for the whole family look ahead to next year and book early to stay in one of the 14 cosy holiday cottages and have access to the estate after hours for extra exploring. 

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