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 World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Humans have tamed and teased the valley’s wild waters over hundreds of years, creating an expansive landscape. Discover imposing abbey ruins with a dramatic history and a sweeping Georgian water garden with crashing cascades, follies and statues alongside mirrored ponds. If you explore further you’ll see William Burges’ gothic masterpiece St Mary’s Church in the medieval deer park, the grand façade of Fountains Hall and the ancient mill. Zoom along the zip-wire, climb a mini abbey and build a den in the play area. This year from May – November, see Steve Messam’s large scale outdoor artworks across the site for the folly! art programme.


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 2 March – 30 October, 10am–5pm, and 28 October – March, 10am-4pm. Closed Fridays November – January 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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