Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Looking over the half moon pond from Surprise view at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Important notice -

The abbey, garden and visitor centre restaurant at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal have reopened. You will need to book in advance. Check What's On for the latest information and to book. You will be turned away if you arrive without a booking.

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

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Please book ahead before visiting

The abbey, water garden, visitor centre car park, restaurant and toilet facilities at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are open and you’ll need to book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday from 5 June. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (13 July - 19 July)

Tue 14 Jul 2020
Book your timed entry to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Things to see and do

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.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

A member of staff serving a cup of coffee

Grab a bite to eat

Our visitor centre restaurant is open and will initially be serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks. The restaurant will be open 10am – 4pm every day. The Mill Café kiosk is also open 12 – 3.30pm daily, serving ice creams and cold drinks. We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

A selection of gardening tools and accessories displayed against a brick wall.

Stop off at our shop

Our visitor centre shop is reopening from 13 July. If you would like to visit the shop, you will need to pre-book a ticket to visit the estate. For the safety of staff and visitors we've introduced social distancing measures and changes to payment, which will be via card only. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal for everyone, for ever.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Mother and daughter in front of Fountains Abbey

Dedicate a donation 

Support Fountains Abbey by dedicating a donation to someone special and add your precious memories to our interactive map. A unique way to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion, your donation will help us care for Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water garden (including Studley Royal deer park) for years to come.

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

Places to stay