What to Expect on your visit to Fountains Abbey

Keeping our visitors, staff, and volunteers safe is our priority. If we can't do that, we won't be able to keep Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal open. We're following government guidelines and adapting our ways of working, so your visit to the site may be 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.

Following the latest government update the abbey and water garden as well as the Studley deer park will remain open for our local community to exercise and have much needed access to nature. The visitor centre restaurant, Studley tea-room and admissions, all indoor spaces and shop will be closed with the exception of toilets.
Please book a ticket via our website so that we’re able to manage numbers in our busiest areas and help keep everyone safe.

We’re continually reviewing the situation in line with the latest government advice so please check our website before your visit for the most up to date information.

Please do not travel outside of your local area to visit. This is defined in the latest Government guidelines as the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

Booking tickets

If you'd like to visit the Abbey and Water Garden you'll need to pre-book a ticket in advance via our website. Tickets will be released every Friday for the week ahead. Booking closes at 3pm the day before your visit. On quieter days we might have availability for visitors who haven't booked a visit. Please don't travel here without checking first though. You'll need to give us a call to see if we have spaces on (01765) 608888.

To see current availibility please take a look here

You can't pre-book for parking only in the Studley deer-park or our main visitor centre car park.

Visitor Centre and main car park

There's free parking at our visitor centre car park as well as the only admission point into the estate and toilets. The shop and restaurant are closed. 

Studley Deer-Park and Studley car park

We are pleased to say that the car park and toilets in the Studley deer-park are now open. You cant access the water garden and abbey from Studley at the moment.  

You can't book to visit just the deer-park and parking is first-come-first-served.  Weekends, school holidays and sunny days can be quite busy.  If there's no available parking, unfortunately you'll be turned away. If you've booked a ticket to visit the Abbey and Water Garden and the Studley car park is full, you will be redirected to the visitor centre car park.

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

The Studley tea-room is closed.

The reopening of Studley will be in daily review. We will carefully monitor the situation each day and if at any time we feel that our visitors, staff and volunteers are at risk we will close immediately.

The car park is usually open from 6am to 6pm, all week during the winter months 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. Please wear a face covering.


During lockdown our visitor centre restaurant and Studley tea-room are closed. Mill cafe, next to the abbey will be open 10:30am - 3:30pm for takeaway drinks and confectionary for visitors who have come into the grounds through admissions. 


During lockdown we're not able to open the shop.


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.


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. 

During these challenging times we’re continuing to do our best to make as much of the site as accessible as possible. If you wish to use our accessible car park and entrance at Westgate you can give us a call after making a booking and we can arrange for a member of staff to admit you at this entrance. Our mobility scooters are also now available for booking by calling (01765) 608888

Our minibus service is suspended for the moment. 

Social distancing guidance 

When you visit, please stay in your family group, don't mix with other households and keep to the 2m social distancing rules when moving about the site.

It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

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 14 days, please don't visit.


Drones are strictly forbidden at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.