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  • White Rose Award Finalist
  • Deliciouslyorkshire Member
  • National Trust

Historic Site


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Spring Fun at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal


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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for visually impaired

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 details

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


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

St Mary's Church free.

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 26 Mar - Mon 16 Apr Easter family fun at Fountains Abbey
Sat 28 Apr - Sun 4 Nov folly! 2018


Estate Office

01765 608888


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal,
North Yorkshire,



See location of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 276693  Lat: 54.11883 Long: -1.57923

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:

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

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.