What to expect on your visit to Fountains Abbey

Wintery Mill Bridge at Fountains Abbey

You no longer have to pre-book to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. We're following government guidelines and adapting our ways of working, so your visit to the site may still be a little different than you're used to. Please have a read through the information below and help us keep Fountains Abbey open safely for everyone to enjoy.

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

We are now in our winter opening hours: closed Fridays from 5 November to January 28 (excluding 31 Dec). We're also closed 24 & 25 December.

We're following the most up-to-date govenrment advice and are open for much needed access to nature. We’re continually reviewing the situation in line with government guidance so please check our website before your visit for the most up to date information.

4 ways to keep everyone safe

  1. Use hand sanitiser – you’ll find dispensers throughout the site
  2. Face coverings are required in crowded and indoor areas, unless exempt
  3. Give people plenty of space, including our staff and volunteers
  4. Scan the NHS Test & Trace QR code if you can upon arrival to site

Booking tickets

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

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 and for takeaway with a one way operation in place. 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 Saturday-Thursday. 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. 


The toilets are open at the visitor centre, by Fountains Hall and in the Studley Deer Park. There are also temporary toilets behind the Studley tea room. You'll need to wear a face covering when using any of our indoor facilities, unless exempt.


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

There's indoor and outdoor seating at our visitor centre resturant. Seating at the Studley tea-room and Mill Cafe will remain outdoor only.

You'll need to wear a face covering when using any of our indoor facilities, unless you're exempt.


The shop at the visitor centre is now open 10:30am - 4:30pm Saturday - Thursday. The shop at the Studley end of the estate has permentantly closed. 

You'll need to wear a face covering when using any of our indoor facilities, unless you're exempt.


Dogs are very welcome at Fountains Abbey but must be kept on short lead everywhere on site including the deer park. This helps ensure social distancing and protects our wildlife.


Our playground is open and is sanitised regularly. 


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.

Social distancing guidance 

Please continue to give people plenty of space including our staff and volunteers. 

If you're showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don't visit.


Drones are strictly forbidden at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.