Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal water garden

Historic Site

Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

Tel: 01765 608888

Couple with dog in front of Fountains Abbey


Spend a whole day exploring...

Large abbey ruins sit in a river valley leading down to the wide views of Georgain water garden, Studley Royal. If you're feeling full of energy you can also walk through 400 acres of deer park, home to 300 wild deer. Visit our website for full details of what you can do here. 

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Wondering what to do with the kids in Yorkshire?

Families can look out for trails and crafts every school holiday. Make sure to pop by the large 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. Find out more about what's on for families on the website.

Fountains Abbey is about 45-50 minutes from York.

Eating and shopping

There's a large restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, daily specials. Find Mill Cafe by the abbey ruins and Studley tearoom in the water garden, too. A large shop at the visitor centre is packed full of homeware, garden ware, books and artisan products. There's also a large plant centre at the visitor centre. 

We're a dog friendly day out

The team love welcoming your four legged friends. They just need to be kept on a short lead while you're exploring. Find out more about bringing your dog to Fountains Abbey on the website. There are even dog friendly holiday cottages here. 

Getting around
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. For more information on what you need to know for your visit, head to this page

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 access the abbey and garden after hours! Visit to find out more.

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Opening Times

Open New Year

* Please see website for further details. The deer park closes at 6pm.

Guide Prices

Please see for up to date prices

St Mary's Church free.


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  • Electric car charging point


  • Disabled access - Please park at West Gate car park for flat access into the grounds.
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


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


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


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


  • French signs/guides - Pick up a Welcome Leaflet in French
  • German signs/guides - Pick up a Welcome Leaflet in German
  • Italian signs/guides - Pick up a Welcome Leaflet in Italian
  • Spanish signs/guides - Pick up a Welcome Leaflet in Spanish

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)
  • WiFi or internet access - Free wifi at the visitor centre

Site Features

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

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Winner White Rose Award Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsLittle Vikings Winner Little Vikings Winner 2016
  • Other AwardsNational Trust National Trust 2019

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 £3.00By 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.orgThe nearest railway station is Knaresborough, which is 11 miles away.

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