Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Abbey in autumn with kids throwing leaves

Important notice -

Visitor Centre and Studley admissions open 10am-4:30pm. West Gate open 11am-3pm. Fountains by floodlight is now SOLD OUT. Please don't arrive without a ticket as unfortunately you'll be turned away. Advance notice: Estate closed Fridays from 5 Nov.

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

What to expect on your visit to 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 here and help us keep Fountains Abbey open safely for everyone to enjoy.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Autumn adventures at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Upcoming events

Fountains by Floodlight

Sat 23 Oct 2021
Wander through glowing ruins, under shadowed archways and hear haunting choral music ringing through the cellarium this autumn. Join us every Saturday in October and Friday 22 & 29 to have an after-dark experience you won’t forget.

These Passing Things

Sun 24 Oct 2021
Discover unexpected large scale landscape artworks by Steve Messam in the garden this summer.

Garden and abbey tour

Sun 24 Oct 2021
Fountains Abbey became the greatest folly of all when John Aislabie created his water garden at Studley Royal. See the abbey as the Georgians did on this guided tour; incorporated into the dramatic designed landscape. Numbers are limited so...

Abbey tour

Sun 24 Oct 2021
If these walls could talk...unearth the monastic secrets of a great abbey and the daily routines of the monks who lived here on this guided tour. Numbers are limited so please speak to a member of the welcome team on your arrival.

Any Questions?

Sun 24 Oct 2021
If you don't fancy a guided tour but have something you'd like to ask, drop into the cloister in the centre of the abbey.

Deer park walk

Sat 30 Oct 2021
Spot the red, fallow and sika deer on a guided walk through the deer park.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

What's on

Girls drinking hot chocolate Christmas Fountains Abbey

What's happening this Christmas at Fountains 2021 

Christmas is seeing the abbey glow. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights. You can sing along to your favourite carols as festive music fills the air.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Conservation in action

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Places to stay

A view of Fountains Hall in summer

Holiday at Fountains Abbey 

From a mini-break to a family holiday or a group getaway in the great outdoors with the best of Yorkshire on your doorstep, stay in a Fountains Abbey holiday home this year.