Things to do with the kids at Fountains Abbey

Family throwing leaves in front of Fountains Abbey

There's acres of space where little legs can explore and imaginations can run riot here this autumn. The trees are dressed in their best reds and golds providing a beautiful backdrop for the water garden and abbey. It’s a little chilly now autumn has arrived but don’t let that stop you crunching through leaves and exploring the colourful landscape.

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 lawn and have fun, 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.

Walk through the dark Serpentine Tunnel to get to the High Ride path
Family going into Serpentine Tunnel in Studley Royal water garden
Walk through the dark Serpentine Tunnel to get to the High Ride path

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?

Explore ancient nooks and crannies in the abbey ruin
Children exploring the nave at fountains abbey
Explore ancient nooks and crannies in the abbey ruin

Snack stops

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.

Getting festive

The days are getting darker and there's a sparkle in the air. It won't be long now until the trees are dressed and the lights shining. To find out what's happening here this Christmas click the link below.


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