Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Family throwing leaves in front of Fountains Abbey

Important notice -

If you’re using any of our facilities such as our car park, café and toilets, tickets for entry must be booked ahead of your visit. We anticipate a busy couple of weeks and can't offer admission on the day. Please do not travel here without booking.

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

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Please book ahead before visiting

The abbey, water garden, play area, and visitor centre car park, shop, restaurant and toilet facilities at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are open. We've introduced a booking system to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary.

What to do this autumn

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Fountains Abbey (19 Oct - 25 Oct)

Thu 22 Oct 2020
18:30-19:00
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 with indoor seating and will initially be serving a reduced menu. The restaurant is open 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

History

Details of three portraits

Addressing the National Trust's colonial links 

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water garden, along with a number of other places and collections in our care, has direct links to colonialism. Learn more about what we are doing to address the histories of slavery and colonialism at our places.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Places to stay