Learning at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

A school group learning in Fountains Abbey cellarium

We're pleased to be able to welcome school groups to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal again.

To find out more, request a school visit information pack or to make a booking please email out team at fountainsabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk 

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is the perfect learning destination from which to inspire, explore and create. With curriculum linked Key Stage 1 -5 tailored learning programmes, the site brings education to life with a wide variety of learning experiences and activities for students of all ages. 

Schools, colleges or universitys can book an educational visit and take part in a self-led workshop. There’s something to suit and support many different learning programmes. We hope you will join our ever growing list of teachers and lecturers who visit us every year as part of their curriculum delivery.

Please be aware that booking is essential even with an Educational Group Membership. For more information on the EGM please see below. 

Why come to learn at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal?

Discover a tale of many parts at this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get stuck into history, science and art around the extensive grounds where history is brought to life through the wide varieties of learning experiences for students of all ages.

Fountains Abbey

Destroyed by the Dissolution, the atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a medieval way of life in which devout monks searched desperately for a simpler existence. They found it in a desolate North Yorkshire Valley along the banks of the river Skell. The subsequent rich but turbulent history is sure to captivate curious minds of all ages.

Learn how the monks used to communicate with each other
A school group learning at Fountains Abbey
Learn how the monks used to communicate with each other

Studley Royal

When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design.

Green lawns sprawl around moon ponds, whimsical buildings called follies add fun to the garden and surprise views pop up around every corner. Explore the deer park with its ancient trees, spot the butterflies fluttering through the herb garden in summer and spot all sorts of birds splashing on Studley Lake. The estate is a wonderful place to search for and learn about wildlife in historical and artistic settings.

Download a map of the estate (PDF / 1.8251953125MB) download

Download the abbey plan (PDF / 0.1640625MB) download

Download the Fun at Fountains resource (PDF / 0.75390625MB) download

Download our hazard information sheet for schools (PDF / 0.5595703125MB) download

Self led learning at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Education membership

If you're planning on visiting with your school or education group you can take out an Education Group Membership. Scroll drown this page to find out more and how to get it, or give us a call to discuss the benefits of this membership.


From sweep netting to acting out the history of the abbey, there's lots to learn at Fountains Abbey
A school group starting sweep netting at Fountains Abbey
From sweep netting to acting out the history of the abbey, there's lots to learn at Fountains Abbey

Feel good about your visit

As well as bringing your education group to a unique site to learn in a fun and different way to the classroom we want you to know that every visit you make with your school contributes to the conservation work we do to look after this special place. Thank-you.