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

This magnificent abbey was established by devout monks.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon, North Yorkshire

Explore an awe-inspiring World Heritage Site set within the Skell Valley.

Discover imposing abbey ruins with a dramatic history and a sweeping Georgian water garden boasting crashing cascades, follies and statues, alongside mirror-like ponds. Venture further, into the medieval deer park to take in ancient tree avenues and red, fallow and sika deer. You’ll also find William Burges’ gothic masterpiece St Mary’s Church in Studley Royal deer park.

Hidden gems include the Elizabethan façade of Fountains Hall, a secret herb garden, heritage vegetables and crafts at Swanley Grange, and the oldest standing building in the care of National Trust, Fountains Mill.

In the play area zoom along the zip-wire, climb a mini abbey and build a den, then follow paths to the bird hide to get twitching.


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

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Ripon, HG4 3DY

01765 608888

Opening times

You will need to book your visit in advance.

Visit the website for further details.

You may be turned away if you arrive without a booking.


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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