Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Important notice -

We're closed on Fridays up to Friday 31 January (excluding Friday 27 December). Studley tearoom and the deer park will be open daily.

Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Things to see and do 


A full day of exploring...

Your ticket or National Trust membership gives you a full day out of exploring. We're more than just another abbey. Discover the ancient Fountains Mill, wander through the sweeping World Heritage Site water garden and the medieval deer park of Studley Royal. There's a large play park for families, too.

Couple walking at Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire

Explore the abbey 

The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. Step back into a rich and dramatic past and imagine what life would have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago.

Studley Royal water garden in autumn

What can you do in the water garden? 

You've explored the abbey and now it's time for the water garden. Designed in the 18th century these gardens hold a place on the world stage, granted World Heritage Status in 1986. Find out what you can do on your visit here.

Girls climbing on tree in Studley Royal deer park

So much more than just an abbey... 

Discover hidden gems including the oldest building in the National Trust, Fountains Mill. You can also explore acres of the medieval deer park, soak up the opulent interior of the church and visit Fountains Hall. There's plenty here for a whole day out.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Abbey in autumn with kids throwing leaves

Family fun at Fountains Abbey 

Let imaginations run wild at Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal and experience a full day out exploring with your family. Test your nerve by walking through serpentine tunnel in the water garden, spot a new bird at the bird hide and discover a cave by the abbey.

Upcoming events

SOLD OUT - A festive tale with Father Christmas

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Father Christmas is waiting by Fountains Hall to tell a festive Fountains tale. He has a gift ready for all those good boys and girls too.

1930s Christmas at Fountains Hall

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Discover what Christmas would be like in the 1930s at Fountains Hall this festive season.

Make a Christmas tree decoration

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Create a rustic Christmas tree decoration to hang up at home this festive season.

On the hoof

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Trot along to St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed.

Winter garden tours

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Join a free tour to learn more about the Aislabies, the father and son who created this World Heritage Site water garden.

Winter abbey tour

Sun 15 Dec 2019
If these walls could talk… Join one of our knowledgeable guides as they bring to life the dramatic history of this fascinating building.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Diagram of the proposed Studley renovation

Changing Studley 

This year we're excited to announce our vision for new project 'Studley' where we're aiming to improve the Studley Royal entry to this World Heritage Site.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


A school group learning in Fountains Abbey cellarium

A new way to learn 

Experience a day in the life of a monk, go pond dipping to discover what lurks beneath the water's surface, build a den as a team or get crafty with heritage crafts in Swanley Grange. There's plenty to do here for every educational group in this special place.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Visit with your group 

Groups of visitors have been coming to our special place since the 18th-century. With guided tours, self-led visits and a discount on admission prices come and find out what makes this World Heritage Site so special.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Places to stay

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden