Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Abbey in autumn with kids throwing leaves

Important notice -

Fountains by Floodlight tickets (booking essential) are now available - see info below. Studley tea-room is closed. Visitor centre and Studley entrances are open 10am - 4:30pm. Car parks close at 6:30pm. The West Gate entrance is open 11am - 3pm.

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

These Passing Things

Sun 26 Sep 2021
10:00-16:30
Discover unexpected large scale landscape artworks by Steve Messam in the garden this summer.

Garden and abbey tour

Sun 26 Sep 2021
11:00-12:30
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 26 Sep 2021
14:00-15:00
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 26 Sep 2021
15:00-16:00
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.

Fountains by Floodlight

Sat 02 Oct 2021
16:30-17:00
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.

Deer park walk

Tue 05 Oct 2021
14:00-16:00
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.