Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

This magnificent abbey was established by devout monks.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon, North Yorkshire

This magnificent abbey was established by devout monks.

The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When 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. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to red, fallow and sika deer. Explore further and discover William Burges’ gothic masterpiece St Mary’s Church, an Elizabethan mansion and an ancient mill. Step inside Swanley Grange to uncover more about the abbey’s agricultural past. You’ll find a vegetable garden, sheep, hens and heritage crafts. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.

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Features & Accessibility

  • Winter Opening
  • Plant Sales
  • Children’s Playground
  • Tearoom
  • Gift Shop
  • Group Visits
  • Dogs welcome on leads (grounds only)
  • Facilities for wheelchair users & those with limited mobility
  • Facilities for visual impairments
  • Facilities for auditory impairments

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Contact

Ripon, HG4 3DY

01765 608888

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountainsabbey

Opening times

Open January – March, 10am – 5pm, April – October, 10am – 6pm, November & December, 10am – 5pm. Last admission one hour before closing. Closed Fridays in Nov, Dec & Jan.

Directions

4 miles west of Ripon off B6265, 11 miles west of A1.

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