May bank holiday at Fountains Abbey

Polly sits high up on Tent Hill

Spring has finally sprung and the landscape is starting to look green once again. New life is flourishing, birds are singing and the views are ever beautiful. Come to see the blossom, primroses and bluebells peeping up through across the estate.

Big and bold, folly! is here!

The Gazing ball sat up at the Rotundo
The Gazing Ball
The Gazing ball sat up at the Rotundo

folly! is all about exploring the water garden as it was originally created; a playful water garden with dramatic views that criss-cross the landscape. The Georgian water garden is dotted with follies, fanciful structures designed to catch the eye, and for folly! 2018, four new artworks have sprung to life, re-imagining the garden’s lost follies.

Spring stomping ground

Make the most of the warmer spring air this May with a walk exploring the grounds. Pick up a walking leaflet or have a look on our walking pages for inspiration. 

Bring the kids along for some half-term fun

Find out more about hedgehogs at Fountains Abbey

If you find one out in the daylight make sure to let a member of staff know. To find out more about these little critters click on the page below.

Beautiful blossom

May is the month where blossom blooms throughout the heritage apple orchard by Fountains Mill. Stroll through the herb harden, over the bridge and into the orchard to discover the many northern apple varieties that grow here.

The gardeners have been busy in the past couple of months trying out some apple grafting. These new trees will be planted onsite for future generations to enjoy. 

The gardeners have been busy doing apple grafting this spring
The gardeners have been busy doing apple grafting this spring
The gardeners have been busy doing apple grafting this spring

Seasonal flavours

Indulge in some delicious seasonal food such as tasty lamb stew on your visit this month. All our meat is sourced locally so tuck in and enjoy.

Tuck into tasty lamb stew for lunch at the visitor centre restaurant
Lamb stew is served this spring
Tuck into tasty lamb stew for lunch at the visitor centre restaurant

Leave the car at home

Go green by getting the bus directly to the visitor centre. From Sun 6 May, on Sundays and bank holidays, the Fountains Flyer 822 runs from York, Boroughbridge and Ripon directly to the visitor centre doors. 

There's a new service, too - the Brimham Explorer 825. This means you can enjoy the 7.5 mile walk, In the Footsteps of Monks, from Fountains Abbey to Brimham Rocks and get the bus back. You can get this bus to both Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks, directly from Ripon and Harrogate.

Further details can be downloaded from www.dalesbus.org

Make the most of your day at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

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