Self-led visits at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

girls working on abbey green

We have plenty of resources, covering a range of topics, to help you explore this beautiful place. Print off a map and plan your day, your way.

Explore at your own pace

Download a map of the estate to plan your route and find your way around the abbey ruins. Our 'Fun at Fountains' leaflet and Fountains timeline will give you lots of information as your students discover the abbey and water gardens.

Tree trails

The ancient estate of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has a vast variety of trees of all sorts and sizes.  These curriculum linked Tree trails are differentiated for KS1 or KS2 and include lots of learning activities as the children explore.  Download the trail and all the resources for a great learning session below.

Get spotting

These handy spotter sheets are perfect for a day's exploring on the estate. Go bug hunting, look out for wild deer, discover underwater wonders or try bird spotting - the bird hide is a great place to peek for beaks!

Maths discovery trails

Cross curricular learning at its best! Download these fun and active maths trails for different year groups. Send your class out with an abbey plan and a tape measure and see them put their maths into action.

Explore Fountains Hall, the mill and Porter's Lodge

Uncover the story of the stunning 16th century Fountains Hall built after the Dissolution of the Monasteries using some of the monestry stone. Explore the 12th century water mill and discover the story of this once great Monastery in our fascinating interpretation centre, Porter's Lodge.

Secondary school resource pack

Closely linked to the KS3 curriculum and the GCSE historic environment study, this resource pack will provide a stimulus to learning for secondary school historians, whether before, during, or after a visit to Fountains Abbey.  With photographs, contemporary and later sources, narrative and enquiry questions, this is a really versatile resource for teachers and students.

Children dressed as monks

Hire a habit

Help your students get into role with our monks robes.