Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey This National Trust property is a World Heritage Site and includes the evocative ruins of a Medieval monastery and the delightful water gardens of Studley Royal.

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Fountains Abbey

Spend a whole day out exploring this extensive World Heritage Site in North Yorkshire.

It's much more than just an abbey. Just around the river bend you’ll find one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens, Studley Royal. Designed by John Aislabie, this water garden gives the site its World Heritage status. Wander over green lawns, past white statues and find all the follies. Spot the birds splashing on the ponds and find the dark Serpentine tunnel, leading to the High Ride path with views down to the water garden.

Fountains Mill is the oldest standing building in the National Trust. Sitting by the abbey and Fountains Hall, you can see the large water wheel working away. Learn all about how the monks of Fountains Abbey fed themselves and keep your eyes out for art exhibitions held throughout the year.

St Mary's church sits in the 400 acre medieval deer park. Although only open over the summer, this elaborate Burges' church is well worth a visit before exploring the pathways through the deer park. See if you can spot some of the 300 deer that make the park their home.

Bring kids to the large play area, complete with a miniature abbey and How Hill Tower to climb over. Fly high on the swings (including an accessible 5 point harness swing), an accessible round about and a zip-wire to zoom down. little legs can be occupied for hours.

Discover key moments through out the season, what to do and more about the history of the site on our website.