Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Important notice -

Unfortunately we are currently unable to accept card payments for admission at our Westgate entrance. For admission with payment by card please enter the property at the main Visitor Centre or Studley entrances.

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

Upcoming events

Monastic powerhouse: an exhibition by Joseph Hayton

Wed 16 Oct 2019
See the abbey as the powerhouse it once was through sculpture.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Wed 16 Oct 2019
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 19 Oct 2019
Watch our heritage English apple harvest being turned into juice and sample the delicious results.

Autumn deer watch

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Come and experience one of the season's most spectacular sights on this guided walk through the medieval deer park.

Fountains by Floodlight

Sat 19 Oct 2019
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!

Tree texture trail

Sat 26 Oct 2019
Discover the the textures of different trees across the estate this October half term.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Eating and shopping

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Our work

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


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


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