Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site

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.

National Trust members receive a 25% discount at the three Ripon MuseumsThe Workhouse Museum  The Prison & Police Museum  The Courthouse Museum

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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden


You no longer have to pre-book to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. We’re following government guidelines and adapting our ways of working, so your visit to the site may still be a little different than you’re used to. Please have a read through the information here and help us keep Fountains Abbey open safely for everyone to enjoy.

Holiday at Fountains Abbey

From a mini-break to a family holiday or a group getaway in the great outdoors with the best of Yorkshire on your doorstep, stay in a Fountains Abbey holiday home this year.

Enjoy a tasty treat

After an energetic walk or a short stroll why not enjoy a bite to eat with us. Our food hasn’t travelled far and tastes all the better for it. Tuck into a scone, indulge in some cake or revive yourself with a hearty meal in the visitor centre restaurant.

Treat yourself in the shop

Find delicious chutneys, unique teas and find fresh blooms in the plant centre as well as gifts and seasonal products in our visitor centre shop.

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