Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Important notice -

If you're planning on visiting next week then please read our UCI webpage below. On Friday 27 September the road will be closed into Ripon from 3.30pm and on Saturday 28 September the access in and out of the site will be closed between 1-3.30pm.

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 

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.

A young couple at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

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.

Walk down Oak Avenue in the deer park

Not 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

Big moments this year

Upcoming events

Monastic powerhouse: an exhibition by Joseph Hayton

Mon 23 Sep 2019
10:00-17:00
See the abbey as the powerhouse it once was through sculpture.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Mon 23 Sep 2019
11:00-12:30
A tale of two parts, delve deeper into this World Heritage Site on a guided tour to learn more about the history and stories of this ancient place.

Apple juicing

Sat 28 Sep 2019
11:00-15:00
Watch our heritage English apple harvest being turned into juice and sample the delicious results.

Natural dye at Swanley Grange

Sat 05 Oct 2019
11:00-16:00
Come along to watch this natural wool dyeing process, which has more than a hint of magic and alchemy about it.

Fountains by Floodlight

Sat 05 Oct 2019
17:00-21:00
Experience something truly special as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey and marvel at the water garden follies aglow. There are extra Friday dates for you to enjoy, too!

Autumn deer watch

Sat 19 Oct 2019
13:00-15:00
Come and experience one of the season's most spectacular sights on this guided walk through the medieval deer park.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Learning

National Trust Education Officer and a school group at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire

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

Groups

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

Weddings