Run to help us bring back the Dying Gladiator

The Dying Gladiator in Studley Royal water garden

Conservation is at the heart of what we do - we work to keep places special forever, for everyone. Join our Night Run for an after dark running adventure to help us raise funds at the same time.

What are we fundraising for?

This year the team at Fountains Abbey are working towards raising funds to replace a Dying Gladiator statue which mysteriously disappeared from the water garden in the late 1800s. This is part of our conservation aim to restore this World Heritage Site to its 18th century heyday for visitors.

Recasting this iconic statue and returning it to its rightful place by the moon ponds will continue with the garden conservation, as we gradually add in details lost over the centuries. 

Run to raise funds!

There are many ways that you can do your little bit for helping raise money, including donations, membership, visiting or simply buying something in our shop. However, we thought we'd make it a little more fun for you with an after dark 5k run through the grounds, past the floodlit abbey and around the garden with follies aglow. Click on the link below to find out more about the run and to book your tickets.

Important message about Night Run ticket prices

The price of tickets for this event has changed because the Night Run is now included on the national Night Run programme. This means ticket prices must be consistent across the UK. Unfortunately our what’s on leaflets were printed before the change, which means they include the old price. We’re sorry about this and for any confusion caused – the actual prices are £7 for children and £14 for adults.

What is the Dying Gladiator statue?

The Dying Gladiator is a Roman copy of an ancient Greek statue, and one of the most celebrated icons to have survived from antiquity. It appears in world famous gardens across the world, evoked and reproduced by sculptors and artists for several centuries.

Why places matter

We've always believed that places are important and have a powerful effect on us. We want Fountains Abbey to be a significant place to our visitors, to help them connect with nature, our rich history and culture here in North Yorkshire. There's no doubt that Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a site that's worth looking after, which was recognised on a global scale when it was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1986.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

Every time a National Trust member shows their card on their way in, it directly generates a payment which contributes to our work here at Fountains Abbey.

For ever, for everyone

Our Conservation Work 

Managing the impact of flooding, adapting to climate change, conservation work, sharing the stories of this amazing place are all key priorities in the work we do. Here are some of the projects that have been going on.

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