Things to do with the kids at Fountains Abbey
There's acres of space where little legs can explore and imaginations can run riot here this summer. The days are long and the sun is shining. Grab a picnic and spend a full day running, jumping and exploring.. Rosy cheeks and muddy knees are the aim of the day and families can spend hours together discovering the huge abbey ruin and vibrant new artworks in the Studley water garden.
Run wild in the play area
Less than two minutes from the visitor centre there's a huge play area where inquisitive little minds can be let loose to play. Climb high on the wooden abbey, speed along on the zip-wire and spin round and round on the roundabout. Parents can keep an eye out from picnic tables dotted around, or come and join in with building a den.
Be a water garden explorer
The water garden is full of straight lines and symmetrical curves but there are many corners to discover, too! Climb up to the Banqueting House and have fun , see which wildflowers you can see growing on the lawn and can you spot Octagon Tower in the distance?
Explore woodland on the High Ride path - but you'll need to walk through the dark Serpentine Tunnel to get there! Once you're up, you're up and there are three follies to find. One has an underground kitchen, one is made out wood and one has a wide view down to the abbey. See if you can find them all.
Are you ready to get creative this summer with our new exhibition ‘These Passing Things’?
Pick up an activity sheet at admissions – there’s one for kids and one for grown-ups too! Follow the map and let your imagination run wild as you discover vibrant new artworks in the landscape. You’ll even be able to cross a bridge which has been missing for hundreds of years!
Become an abbey adventurer
Don your adventure cap and set out to discover all the hidden corners of the abbey. See if you can find the last of the white marble and all the ruined alters in the nave. Can you hear an echo in the cellarium and how many staircases can you find throughout the ruins?
There's a large restaurant at the visitor centre as well as snack kiosks at each end of the site, Studley Royal tea-room and Mill Café, for you to take a snack stop. Tuck into some home-made scrumptious cake, local ice-cream or some juice to refresh and revive for the journey back.
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