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Medieval Industry: bread, beer and wool tour

Join one of our volunteer tour guides to discover more about the people who lived and worked on the abbey estate.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join this free tour to find out how the monks fed themselves, clothed themselves and earned an income to support their community.

Learning more out about the people who lived at Fountains Abbey and discover what life would have been like for them.

Meet at the Mill bridge, just past Porter’s Lodge, at 2.30pm for an approximately 1 hour long tour.

If you’re interested in the history of the estate, join us on a tour of the garden and abbey, running run tours at the weekend. Or pop into Porter’s Lodge to see the free exhibition.

Standard admission charges apply

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This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Meeting point

Meet on Mill bridge; a 15 minute walk from the Visitor Centre, down a steep 20% gradient, 5 minutes from the level access West Gate entrance and 30 minutes from the Studley Royal entrance.

What to bring and wear

We are an outdoor site so please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as the ground is uneven in places.

Accessibility

There is lift access to the upper floors of the Mill. We have a portable hearing loop available to hire, free of charge, for guided tours. Pre-booking is essential, please call 01765 608888. Please collect from your tour guide. You can use this with a hearing aid set to 'T' or with headphones.

Upcoming events

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Garden and abbey tour 

Join one of our volunteer tour guides to see the abbey as the Georgians once did; incorporated into the dramatic designed landscape.

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on
24 Apr to 20 Sep 2024
at
11:00 to 12:30
+ 299 other dates or times
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Abbey tour 

Join one of our volunteer tour guides to discover more about the largest monastic ruins in the country.

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on
24 Apr to 20 Sep 2024
at
12:00 to 13:00
+ 299 other dates or times
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Medieval Industry: Mill tour 

Join one of our volunteer tour guides to find out more about the oldest building on the estate.

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on
30 Apr to 4 Jun 2024
at
14:30 to 15:30
+ 2 other dates or times
Event

Wow! Wildlife walk 

Discover unusual facts about the trees and wildflowers found at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, from the humble dandelion to a great old oak.

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on
1 May to 4 Sep 2024
at
14:00 to 15:30
+ 2 other dates or times