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

Veiled in a secluded valley, this World Heritage Site National Trust property promises to surprise and captivate with its vast abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park and almost 900 years of history.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon, North Yorkshire

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique place made of two moments in history.

Where medieval strength blends with 18th century eccentricity to create a landscape full of secrets, curiosities, and breath-taking views.

Elegant ponds and cascades entwined with rustic bridges, classical temples, and statues enthral today’s visitors just as they would the pleasure-seeking Georgians.

There could be no finer eye-catcher however, than the spectacular ruins of Fountains Abbey. Open all year-round, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a fantastic place for walks and adventures as each season brings its own delights.

Watch wildlife awaken in the springtime, stroll in the afternoon sun in the summer, enjoy autumnal splendour by floodlight and crunch through sparkling frosts as winter returns.


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

Things to do

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Ripon, HG4 3DY

01765 608888

Opening times

Open 7 days a week February-October. Closed Fridays November-January. 
Please check the website for seasonal opening times.


Off B6265 to Pateley Bridge from Ripon. Follow the brown signs for Fountains Abbey from A1. 12 miles north of Harrogate (A61). Sat Nav: Use postcode HG4 3DY.

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