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

Deep within the Skell valley lies Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – a World Heritage Site.

Humans have tamed and teased the valley’s wild waters over hundreds of years, creating an expansive landscape. Discover abbey ruins with a dramatic history, and a sweeping Georgian water garden with crashing cascades, follies and statues alongside mirrored ponds. Explore the deer park to see William Burges’ gothic masterpiece St Mary’s Church, the grand Fountains Hall and orchard, crafts and a heritage garden at Swanley Grange and an ancient mill. Kids can zoom along the zip-wire, climb a mini abbey and build a den in the play area as well as get stuck into crafty activities and wildlife walks in school holidays.


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


Ripon, HG4 3DY

01765 608888

Opening times

Abbey and water garden open 4 March – 27 October, 10am – 5pm, and 28 October – March, 10am – 4pm. Closed Fridays November – January, 1 February and 24 & 25 December.


Located off the B6265 to Pateley Bridge, signed from A1, 12 miles north of Harrogate (A61). Free parking at visitor centre. Pay and display at Studley Royal deer park.

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