Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

 The classical statues at Studley Royal water garden after restoration work

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 

Two ladies walking along the banks of the river Skell

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.

Walking through the deer park with St Mary's Church in the background

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

Busy Bees

Sat 24 Aug 2019
10:00-16:00
Keeping bees is quite a craft, the monks would have made 'skeps' to keep bees for their honey and highly-prized wax for making candles, honeyed wines, mead and for sweetening food as they didn't have sugar.

Monastic powerhouse: an exhibition by Joseph Hayton

Sat 24 Aug 2019
10:00-17:00
See the abbey as the powerhouse it once was through sculpture.

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Sat 24 Aug 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.

Make a pom-pom in Swanley Grange

Sat 24 Aug 2019
11:00-16:00
Get creative with wool and make a pom pom to take home.

Deer drop in

Mon 26 Aug 2019
11:00-15:00
Come to the visitor centre to meet the wildlife team and learn about the deer in Studley Royal deer park.

Make a mini statue

Tue 27 Aug 2019
13:00-15:00
Come to Studley Royal water garden to get creative and make your very own mini statue.
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