The UCI and visiting Fountains Abbey

Family spot deer while cycling at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire

This September the world's eyes are on Yorkshire with the UCI Road World Championships. A whole range of cycling races will be touring the countryside and are all finishing in Harrogate. Read on to find out all you need to know about visiting at this time.

The competition will be running from Sunday 22 September through to Sunday 29 September.

Please be aware that on Saturday 28 September the Women's Elite road race will be using the drive through the estate, which means that there will be some road closures to factor into your visit to Fountains Abbey.

The race will leave Bradford before heading into North Yorkshire. They're anticipated to come through Ripon between 1.50pm and 2.10pm (depending on whether they go at 35km/h or 39km/h). This means that roads are likely to be closed from 1/1.30pm-3pm and visitor will not be able to arrive at or leave Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal by car during this time.

We advise planning your travel over this whole period as rolling road blocks will impact getting here for many people. Find all information on the UCI Road World Championships on

Cycling to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

You can choose to cycle for your visit. It's a scenic ride from Ripon through the deer park to the visitor centre. There are bike locks, puncture repair kits and pumps available to borrow while you're here. You can also get a free cup of tea or coffee when you buy a piece of cake or sandwich for your mid-ride snack.

Your stay in North Yorkshire

Are you coming to watch the racing? Fill a day with a visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water garden. Spend your morning exploring the abbey and afternoon in the water garden. There's also Swanley Grange, Fountains Hall, Fountains Mill, St Mary's Church and the deer park to explore, too.

Bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat in the visitor centre restaurant, have tea with a lakeside view at Studley tea-room or enjoy a view of the abbey at Mill Café.

What's on here around the UCI?

Heritage Open Day 

Enjoy free entry on Saturday 21 September (please note that although the Heritage Open Day festival runs for multiple days it's only happening at Fountains Abbey on Saturday 21 September) to explore the grounds and see artefacts from our archives. 

Stone carving with local sculptor Joseph Hayton

There will also be stone carving demonstrations going on, plus you can have a go yourself. You can see Hayton's 'Monastic Powerhouse' exhibition in Fountains Mill, too! 

Apple juicing

We'll be having a go making apple juice using apples from the heritage orchard by Fountains Mill. Pop by Swanley Grange to have a go pressing and sample your efforts.

Deer watch walk

Join the deer watch walk to see if you can spot the deer in Studley Royal deer park. We have three different types of deer in the park: Red, Sika and Fallow. Learn to spot the difference and see if you can see any tell-tale behaviour as the stags and bucks get ready for the rut.

Fountains by Floodlight

Hanging around after the race? It's the first Fountains by Floodlight of the year on Saturday 5 October. Tuck into tasty hot food as you wander through the floodlit ruins, join a tour and hear the choir sing.