The play area at Fountains Abbey

Boys climbing on the mini abbey in the play area at Fountains Abbey

Looking for somewhere to bring the kids to get outside and play? Look no further than this natural playscape at North Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Whether you're coming just to play or to visit the water garden and abbey, you can spend hours here with friends and family.

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Made from sustainable timber and hand-spliced ropes, the ‘playscape’ has been designed to blend in with the woods around so you can hop, skip, jump and zoom from one end to the other underneath the shady trees.

There's plenty to climb on in the play area
Boy and girl climbing in the play area at Fountains Abbey
There's plenty to climb on in the play area
Play wild in the play area at Fountains Abbey

Time to play

There’s things to wobble along, jump over and climb'll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman's poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

Girl climbing in play area at Fountains Abbey

Only have a morning?

You can reach the play area in under two minutes from the visitor centre, so you'll have toilets, baby change and the restaurant on hand. Relax at the picnic tables by the play area as your little ones explore. Parking at the visitor centre is free with flat access to the play area.

Boy on slide in play area at Fountains Abbey

The play area's been extended!

Drawing inspiration from the buildings within this World Heritage Site the new tower is a miniature How Hill tower, which sits high on the hill behind the abbey. Shaped like a tower, this climbing frame is perfect for little legs to explore with a secret den below, periscope in the roof and slide. As well as the new How Hill climbing tower there will also be a new tree viewing platform at the skyline with some extra kids balance frames, too.

It's the perfect place to play for older kids, too!
Girl on the rope bridge in play area at Fountains Abbey
It's the perfect place to play for older kids, too!
Boy building a den at Fountains Abbey

Build a den!

There's a whole section of the play area dedicated to den building. Whether they want to build a woodland hut or a fort, let their imaginations and creativity go wild. There are frames and sticks provided for building their perfect den.

Wheelchair accessible roundabout in the play area at Fountains Abbey

An accessible play area

You can find plenty of parking at the visitor centre and it's a flat tarmac path to the play area. The roundabout is wheelchair accessible and there's a five point harness swing. There are tarmac pathways to these items along with other low level play equipment.

Enjoy a swing in the secure five point harness swing in the play area
There's a five point harness swing in the play area
Enjoy a swing in the secure five point harness swing in the play area

Family facilities near the play area

There are two accessible toilets at the visitor centre and a dedicated baby change by the restaurant entrance (door on the right hand side). You can use this space for private breastfeeding if you'd like to feed in peace but mothers are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the estate, including the restaurant and cafes.

Become a National Trust member for unlimited play time

If you'd like to use the play area regularly to keep the little ones endlessly entertained have a look at our membership options. When you become a member at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal you have free access to endless play, as well as the abbey and water garden, plus every other National Trust site.


A full day of exploring...

Your ticket or National Trust membership gives you a full day out of exploring. We're more than just another abbey. Discover the ancient Fountains Mill, wander through the sweeping World Heritage Site water garden and the medieval deer park of Studley Royal. There's a large play park for families, too.

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