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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden - National Trust

A World Heritage Site in the heart of North Yorkshire
Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
(01765) 608888 Call Us
Families can spend a full day exploring Visit York
Little legs can run riot at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Discover follies hidden on the higher paths of the water garden
Dogs on leads are very welcome at Fountains Abbey
There are accessible concrete gravel and grass paths around the estate and inside the abbey too Visit York
Little legs can run free in the huge adventure playground just a two minute walk from the visitor centre Visit York
Find hidden paths and be rewarded with spectacular views
Over 300 wild deer call the parkland at Studley home
Statues and follies pepper the landscape in the water garden
Studley water garden is a World Heritage Site
The Temple of Piety is revealed in the Studley Royal Water Garden
A bend in the river can transport you from Georgian opulance to ancient powerhouse
Crashing cacades adorn the garden of Studley Royal
Visit Fountains Hall to explore some of the lesser known history of the estate Visit York
Fountains Abbey is open year round for adventures in every season
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a National Trust Property Members visit free
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Spend a whole day exploring North Yorkshire's World Heritage Site, less than 30 miles from the centre of York.

A place of contrasts and surprises, discover the spirit of a great abbey and the elegance of a Georgian water garden…

Eye catchers and follies decorate the vast landscape. Elegant ponds and cascades entwined with rustic bridges, classical temples and statues enthral today’s visitor just as they would the pleasure-seeking Georgians. There could be no finer eye catcher, however, than the grand ruins of Fountains Abbey. Wander further into the parkland to be rewarded with views to Ripon cathedral, ancient trees and herds of hundreds of deer.

Open year-round, Fountains Abbey is fantastic for walks and each season brings its own unique delights to see. Watch wildlife awaken in the springtime, catch the colourful wildflowers during summer, enjoy autumnal splendour by floodlight and wrap up warm to see the atmospheric ruins sparkle with frost as winter returns.

Visit our website for full details of everything you can do, plus special events at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Find something different to do each week of the summer holidays

Summer is here and this season is all about exploring in nature, finding a moment of quiet in the sun and sharing a memory with friends and family. Join the Sanctuary in Play trail and make your own journey stick as you explore. Share the stories of your adventure with friends and family at home. Or get stuck into some family crafts, every Tuesday and Wednesday in August. Little ones can get creative making a pollinator puppet to take home. Join in with a family tour and find out what it was like to be a monk at Fountains Abbey. Or spend a day helping the gardeners do some pond weeding. The summer fun starts on Saturday 22 July. Make sure to pop by the huge adventure play area too! With a wooden abbey to climb all over, swings, roundabout and zipwire little legs can be entertained for hours. It's only a minutes walk from the visitor centre and restaurant so parents can settle down on picnic tables with a cup of tea or coffee or join in with the fun too!

Visiting with your dog

With acres of land to explore Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a great place to come for some exercise with your dog. There are plenty of places to discover and some nice long walks to enjoy through the water garden, abbey and deer park. There's 'dog parking' at the play ground and the restaurant at the visitor centre welcomes waggy tails too. Dogs are very welcome almost everywhere on the estate but must be kept on a short lead at all times.


Break up your adventures at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal with some tasty refreshments. A range of seasonal food is served at the Visitor Centre restaurant, with hot meals, sandwiches and sweet treats among the items on the menu. If you're not feeling peckish, you can just enjoy a nice cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The main Studley Royal tea-room is open, perfect if you're looking for a light bite or a cup of tea. Grab a quick lunch or snack to enjoy inside the tea-room or on the outdoor tables overlooking the lake.


A large National Trust shop and plant centre at the visitor centre is the perfect place to browse for that perfect gift for someone special or a little treat for yourself. You’ll find it hard to resist our range of seasonal stock inspired by National Trust places, from beautiful silk scarves in unique prints to homeware pieces for every living space. Tempt your tum with a sweet treat or whet your whistle with a fruit wine. The shop has a large range of tools and accessories for the garden, as well as seasonal blooms that will add some colour to any indoor or outdoor space.

Fountains Abbey is a place for everyone to enjoy

We want to make sure everyone can enjoy a visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. If you'd like to discuss any considerations for your visit, please give us a call on (01765) 608888 and we'll do our best to help.

Some things we can offer:

  • Level access to the site, or a quieter place to enter if you'd like to avoid the hustle and bustle at the main visitor centre.
  • Options for special diets
  • Complimentary mobility scooters and wheelchairs if you, or someone you’re visiting with would like to make use of one

With over 800 acres to explore, we know that legs can easily get tired. We offer a complimentary minibus service for our visitors with multiple stops around the site including the main car park at the visitor centre. You can hop on and off this service to help you get around all day.

Getting here

We're less than 30 miles from the centre of York. There's lots of free parking at the visitor centre, including 6 electric charging points. Just follow the brown signs off the A1 or use postcode HG4 3DY for your satnav.

The closest train station is Harrogate. The closest bus station is Ripon.

There are daily connections to Ripon on service 36 from Leeds and Harrogate. Bus 139 runs from Ripon to Fountains Abbey on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays all year. DalesBus 822 runs from Pocklington, York, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge, Grassington and Ripon to Fountains Abbey on summer Sundays and bank holidays.

There are plenty of bike racks at the visitor centre. While cycling is not permitted in the abbey and water garden, the main avenue through the deer park makes up part of the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast route.

Holiday here

Why not stay longer in one of the holiday apartments? There are 14 different cottages to choose from around the estate and you can even access the abbey and garden after hours!

Good to know

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is open year-round and there's no need to book a visit. Free entry for National Trust members and under fives.

Visiting, volunteering and spending supports the charitable work of the National Trust - thank you!

See where else to explore with the National Trust in York and North Yorkshire.

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week. (closed Fridays: 1 Nov-31 January)

Summer admission: 10am-4:30pm. Car Parks close at 6:30pm

Events at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden - National Trust

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