Festive feelings at Fountains

Whether you're after a winter walk or catch up with old friends embrace this festive time of year at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Relax, unwind and get away from it all this Christmas - it's a Yorkshire day out to remember forever.

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...

Christmas is seeing the abbey glow...

Music and Lights, weekends 20 Nov - 3 Jan.

You've finished the Christmas shopping, explored the family trail and been revived by a warming mug of energy giving hot chocolate. Now it's time for Music and Lights. See the abbey aglow with all the colours of the rainbow and hear music fill the cellarium.

2-4pm.

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 as sound fills the ruins with festive music. Join in if you know the tune!

Walk through a colourfully lit abbey and Music and Lights this Christmas
Walk through a colourfully lit abbey and Music and Lights this Christmas
Walk through a colourfully lit abbey and Music and Lights this Christmas

 

Add your candlelight as you sing carols together in the cellarium
Add your candlelight as you sing carols together in the cellarium
Add your candlelight as you sing carols together in the cellarium

Christmas is winter wanders in the water garden

Wrap up to have a walk through the winter water garden. Head up to the High Ride path and see if you can catch some of the crisp December light. The trees may be bare but that means you can see all the way out to the deer park and St Mary's Church.

See the winter sunlight land on the water garden below
Woman in Temple of Fame in Studley Royal water garden, North Yorkshire
See the winter sunlight land on the water garden below

If you're feeling adventurous wrap up snug and warm and exploree the medieval deer park. See if you can spot the deer - don't worry if not as you can find them at St Mary's Church for their mid-day feed through winter.

 

The deer park is home to wild red, fallow and sika deer
Couple watching the deer in Studley Royal deer park
The deer park is home to wild red, fallow and sika deer

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.

See how many mince pies or Christmas scones you can 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 the visitor centre restaurant. Or pop into Mill Café by the abbey for a light bite or warm drink with a view over the abbey.

The flavour of Christmas
Christmas scone at Fountains Abbey
The flavour of Christmas

Treat yourself in the shop

Have you seen our 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.

Walking in autumn sun at Fountains Abbey

What you need to know for your visit 

Spend a few hours exploring the ruins of Fountains Abbey before following the river down to the sprawling water garden. Don't stop there though! With the medieval deer park and surrounding countryside to discover too, there's enough to fill an entire day. Find out what you need to know for your visit here.

A Christmas lunch at Fountains Abbey

Tuck into a Christmas lunch at Fountains Abbey 

Enjoy a delicious festive lunch with family, friends or colleagues this December... we've got a menu to tickle your taste buds!

Warm up with a hearty venison tagine

Enjoy a tasty treat 

After an energetic walk or a short stroll why not enjoy a bite to eat with us. Our food hasn't traveled far and tastes all the better for it. Tuck into a scone, indulge in some cake or warm up with a hearty meal in the visitor centre restaurant.

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