What to expect on your visit to Fountains Abbey

Water garden at Fountains Abbey 2021

Visitors (excluding organised group visits) no longer have to pre-book to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. With over 800 acres to explore as well as places to eat, shop and rest, there's lots you might like to know ahead of your visit.

Visiting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. What you'll need to know.

Booking tickets

You no longer have to pre-book to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal*

*Group Visits

If you're organising a group visit you'll need to let us know that you're coming to qualify for a discount. For eventhing you'll need to know about bringing a group, including information on booking coach parking click HERE.

Visitor Centre and main car park

There's free parking at our visitor centre car park as well as the main admission point into the estate and toilets. The restaurant is open for seated meals and snacks, with lots of options to takeaway. The national trust shop and plant centre is also located here. 

West Gate & accessibility

Full Access information can be found here

The property covers 800 acres and there are some challenges for visitors with limited mobility due to the size of the estate and the gradients. 

Our accessible entrance at West Gate which allows level access to the abbey is now open from 11am - 3pm every day. We also issue mobility scooters from this entrance which can be borrowed free of charge during your visit. These do need to be booked in advance by calling (01765) 608888.

Studley Deer-Park and Studley car park

Parking in the deer park is first-come-first-served.  Weekends, school holidays and sunny days can be quite busy.  If there's no available parking there, you'll be redirected to the visitor centre car park where possible. 

Please don't park in the local village as it causes difficulties for the residents and can prevent access for emergency vehicles.  

Studley tea-room is located here but due to staffing issues might be closed without warning. There's outdoor seating on the lawn and a one way operation in place. Please speak to a member of staff at admissions to hear about what facilities are availible. 

The car park is open from 6am to 6pm and is pay-and-display. There's a ‘paybyphone’ app available to use which we advise you to download before your visit as we don't have strong internet reception on site. 

Download the app here

National Trust members can scan their membership cards at our payment machines for free parking.

Car park £6 for 4 hours, £9 per day. 

Toilets

The toilets are open at the visitor centre, Studley tea-room, by Fountains Hall, near the Studley admissions point and in the Studley Deer Park. 

We reccommend wearing a face covering in this area. 

Refreshments

The visitor centre restaurant (10am - 4pm) and Studley tea room* (10am - 4pm) are open 7 days a week. *Due to staffing issues, these outlets might be closed at short notice.

There's indoor and outdoor seating at our visitor centre resturant and at the Studley tea room. 

Shop 

The shop at the visitor centre is now open 10:30am - 5:00pm every day. The shop at the Studley end of the estate has permentantly closed. 

Dogs

Dogs are very welcome at Fountains Abbey but must be kept on short lead everywhere on site including the deer park and seven bridges valley. Please help us protect our wildlife by following this rule at all times.

Playground

Our large adventure playground is located just after the admissions point at the main visitor centre. 

Bikes

Bikes are not allowed at Fountains Abbey but there are cycle routes through the deer park. You're very welcome to travel here by bike and make use of the bike racks near the visitor centre during your visit.

Children under the age of 5 may use small bikes or scooters to help them get around during their visit.

Drones

Drones are strictly not allowed at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.