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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Historic Site

Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

Tel: 01765 608888

A view of York Minster

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About us

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. Note: cared for in partnership with English Heritage.

Eating and shopping: large restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, daily specials and Sunday dinner. Studley and abbey tea-rooms in spectacular settings. Large visitor centre shop selling homeware, garden ware, plants, books and artisan products. Smaller shop at Studley entrance. Picnics welcome.

Making the most of your day: Indoors in Porter’s Lodge you can uncover the story of the monks who founded the abbey, or see the mill created by these skilful masters of machinery. You can explore the opulent interior of St Mary’s Church. Fountains Hall has changing art exhibitions.
Why not stay longer in one of the holiday apartments?
Outdoors: The hidden herb garden beside the river Skell is waiting to be found. Nature walks and tours guide you through the estate and its history. You can clamber, swing and slide in the playground or find a geocache.

Dogs: welcome on leads.


A complimentary minibus service is provided for less mobile visitors and runs between the three entry points on a regular basis. Battery cars can also be hired – please ring in advance to check availability.

Opening Times

* Please see website for further details. The deer park closes at dusk.

Guide Prices

Gift Aid: Adult: £15.00, Child: £7.50, Family: £37.50.
National Trust and English Heritage members free.

St Mary's Church free.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property
  • National Trust Property
  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Awards

  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Finalist White Rose Award Finalist 2016
  • Other AwardsNational Trust National Trust 2016

Road Directions

By Road:-

Leave York on the A59 towards Harrogate, turn right onto B6265. Follow the B62565 through Boroughbridge and Ripon, pick up the brown signs to the F.A.S.R. Disabled parking is available at the Westgate entrance.

Free parking at Visitor Centre and West Gate. Parking at Studley is £3.00

By Public transport:-
Ripon Roweller service 139 provides a regular shuttle service from Ripon on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays, and a less frequent service on Mondays to Saturdays all year. Also Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday bus 802 runs to Fountains Abbey from Leeds and Otley. For further local public transport information see: www.dalesbus.org

The nearest railway station is Knaresborough, which is 11 miles away.

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