Opening times for 10 December 2023
Asset Opening time Abbey and water garden admission 10:00 - 16:00 Gift shop & plant centre 10:30 - 17:00 Visitor centre restaurant 09:30 - 16:00 Studley tea-room 10:00 - 16:00MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Adult £19.80 £18.00 Child £9.90 £9.00 Family £49.50 £45.00 1 Adult, up to 3 children £29.70 £27.00 Group Adult £17.10 Group Child £8.55
Available from the visitor centre admissions desk
A large National Trust gift shop and plant centre is located at the visitor centre.
Main car park at the visitor centre is free of charge. Studley Car-park is pay & display (free for NT members) £6 for 4 hours, £9 all day. West Gate for accessible parking and level access to the abbey and water garden. Please don't park in the local village as this causes an obstruction for residents and emergency vehicles.
Restaurant at the visitor centre serving hot and cold food and drinks with indoor and outdoor seating.
Dogs very welcome in all outdoor spaces, but please keep them on a short lead at all times. They're also welcome in admissions, the shop, and visitor centre restaurant.
A large National Trust gift shop and plant centre is located at the visitor centre.
Electric vehicle charging point
There are a limited number of charging points for electric vehicles in car park B. These are on a first come, first served basis and unfortunately we can't guarantee that one will be available when you visit. If you do use one of the charging points please help us to cover the cost by making a donation
Toilets at each entrance to the estate and in the Studley car park.
Refreshment kiosk in the Studley tea-room garden. Check with the welcome team for daily opening times.
There is a steep 15-20% gradient from the visitor centre to the abbey. This is not recommended for wheelchair or powered mobility vehicle users. Our accessible car park is located at our West Gate entrance (SatNav search - 'West Gate car park') which allows level access to the abbey and water gardens through which there are recommended routes. We want to make sure that as many people as possible can enjoy Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. If you'd like to discuss any arrangements we can make to meet your access needs please give us a call on (01765) 608888 and we'll do our best to help.
Accessible route and/or map
There is a steep 15-20% gradient from the visitor centre to the estate. This is not recommended for wheelchair or powered mobility vehicle users. Our accessible car park is located at our West Gate entrance and allows level access to the grounds.
There is a lift to the upper levels of Fountains Mill.
Accessible toilets are located at the visitor centre, near the West Gate and Studley entrances, in the tea-room garden and in the Studley car park
Powered mobility vehicle available
A limited number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to hire, free of charge. They can be collect from 10:30am and must be return by 3:30pm. Pre-booking is essential, please call 01765 608888. Please collect from the West Gate entrance upon arrival.
Our accessible car park is located near our West Gate entrance (Sat Nav postcode HG4 3DZ). This provides level access to the abbey and water gardens.
Induction loops are available at all till points. We also have a portable induction loop available to hire, free of charge, for guided tours. Pre-booking is essential, please call 01765 608888. Please collect from your tour guide at Porter's Lodge.
There are some gentle and steep slopes around the estate. Please be aware of uneven ground, height drops and deep running water. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes when you visit.
Level access to food outlet
There's level access to the visitor centre restaurant from the visitor centre car park. Studley Tea Rooms and Mill Kiosk are on level access from inside the estate.
There is a complimentary visitor transport service which operates between all three entrances to the estate. Please ask a member of staff to call this for you if you'd like to make use of it.
Level access to shop
There are some slopes and cobbles on the accessible route. Access to the abbey is across a level grassy green. When the grass is particularly wet this can be impassable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and prams. Some paths on site are surfaced with loose hardcore. Higher paths in the water garden and deer park are reached via steep slopes.
Off B6265 to Pateley Bridge from Ripon. Follow the brown signs for Fountains Abbey from A1. We're 12 miles north of Harrogate (A61).
Parking: Free parking at the visitor centre. Studley Royal pay & display car park is first-come-first-served. For level access car park at West Gate use SatNav HG43DZ. What3Words - Visitor Centre: vanished.jobs.fights. Studley ticket office: hopefully.curiosity.mercy. West Gate ticket office: jams.overpower.flannel
Sat Nav: Use postcode HG43DY
Public footpaths and bridleways from Ripon and the surrounding countryside.
Daily connections to Ripon on service 36 from Leeds and Harrogate. Bus Service 139 runs from Ripon to Fountains Abbey on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays all year. Follow the link to find full details www.dalesbus.org/fountainsabbey
Signed on-road cycle loop. The 'Way of the Roses' coast-to-coast route takes you through the deer park. Cycling is not permitted inside the abbey and water garden although children under five can bring small balance bikes to help get around the site.
A map for visitors to find their way around Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.
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A World Heritage Site
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique place made of two moments in history. Where medieval strength blends with 18th century eccentricity to create a landscape full of secrets, curiosities and breathtaking views.
Ruins of Fountains Abbey
One of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. Explore vaulted ceilings, grand columns and an imposing tower.
Studley Royal Water Garden
The garden at Studley Royal is one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian water garden in England. The elegant ornamental lakes, canals, temples and cascades provide a succession of dramatic eye-catching vistas.
Studley Royal Deer Park
Over 300 red, sika and fallow deer call this extensive parkland home. The deer park also includes St Mary's Church, one of the finest examples of high Victorian gothic revival architecture in England, designed by William Burges.
Christmas is seeing the abbey sparkle. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow.
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique place made of two moments in history. Where medieval strength sits side by side with 18th century eccentricity to create a landscape full of secrets, curiosities and breath-taking views.
The ruins of Fountains Abbey are truly something to behold. Discover what to see when you come face to face with some of the oldest abbey ruins in the country.
The evocative ruins of the abbey are set beside the grounds of Studley Royal, a medieval deer park in Yorkshire. It was declared Yorkshire’s first World Heritage Site in 1986.
Break up your adventures at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal with some tasty refreshments. Afterwards, look for the perfect gift or a treat for yourself in the National Trust shop and plant centre.
Follow this circular route trail to marvel at the 300 wild deer that live within the Studley Royal deer park in North Yorkshire.
On this circular walk, you'll cross delightful arched bridges as you follow the meandering Skell river.
Walk to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal from Ripon, taking in cathedral views from the lime avenue through the deer park, then explore the Seven Bridges Valley on your return.
See all the highlights of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal on a circular walk, taking in the Abbey ruins, hall, deer park and 18th-century water garden.
Explore the highlights of the park on this circular walk and learn more about the ancient trees in the deer park and insights into the 18th-century landscape.
Learn more about the 18th-century landscape of the Deer Park and the Seven Bridges Valley on this 5-mile circular walk at Fountains Abbey.
An easy walk through the Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate, exploring the significant stages in the estate's history over eight centuries, from 1132 to 1987.
A large house located on the Fountains Abbey estate designed by a famous name, with a unique style.
Three spacious floors to explore, an ivy-clad exterior and Fountains Abbey just moments away.
Moments away from Fountains Abbey, this characterful cottage has lots of original features.
An eclectic history and stylish interiors with walks along the river to Fountains Abbey.
A stylish third-floor apartment in the beautiful Fountains Hall with views of the river Skell.
Did you know... the Twelve Days of Christmas traditionally start from 25 December. Grab your hat and scarf, pick up a free winter trail map from any admissions point and get out to explore the estate!
For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place.
From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world.
When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design.
Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts.
One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.
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