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News release - Issued by National Trust

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal opening late on Saturdays in October for ‘Fountains by Floodlight’

As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder you can resist the urge to hibernate at this National Trust property near Ripon, with ‘Fountains by Floodlight’.

In what has become an annual tradition for so many, family and friends will step out into the fresh autumn air and stand back to see the abbey ruins illuminated and golden light dominating the night sky.

Take an after-dark look around the ruins, join a free guided tour of the abbey and listen to live performances from local choirs and bands under the vaulted ceiling of the cellarium.

There’s a family abbey tour to enjoy too - get into character wearing monk’s robes and experience what it would’ve been like to be a monk at Fountains Abbey.

When you’ve explored all the abbey’s nooks and crannies, and soaked up the atmosphere you can stop by abbey tea rooms to find warming drinks and hot pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, sausages, soup and veggie options too.

There’s an opportunity to get your Christmas shopping started early in the visitor centre gift shop which will be open later than usual.

Jen Taylor, Visitor Experience Manger at Fountains Abbey said:

‘Autumn Floodlighting really does show this World Heritage Site in a whole new light. The atmosphere is truly magical and it highlights beautiful features of the abbey that usually go unnoticed - it’s fantastic to see visitor’s reactions to the stunning silhouette of the abbey.’

The event takes place from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday evenings throughout October. Last entry to the grounds is 8pm and lights are switched off at 9pm.

Admission is half price, or free for National Trust and English Heritage members.

Read more here.


Fountains by Floodlight takes place on Saturdays 1 – 29 October, 5pm – 9pm, last admission 8pm.

Sat 1 Oct – KVU Singers
Sat 8 Oct – Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir
Sat 15 Oct – York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir
Sat 22 Oct – Elysian Singers
Sat 29 Oct – Harrogate Choral Society

Half price admission is adult £7.50, child £3.75, family £18.75


Alice Ostapjuk, Marketing Assistant, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Estate Office, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
Tel 01765 643199 / Email