Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden offer a harmonious blend of medieval monastic architecture and Georgian water garden design.

The Abbey’s Historical Essence

Founded by monks seeking simplicity, the evocative ruins of Fountains Abbey offer a glimpse into the medieval era.

Studley Royal’s Elegant Design

John Aislabie’s vision transformed Studley Royal into a breathtaking water garden, seamlessly integrating the abbey ruins.


  • Fountains Abbey: Oe of England’s most extensive Cistercian monastery ruins.
  • Studley Royal Water Garden: Georgian water gardens, renowned for ornamental lakes and stunning vistas.
  • Studley Royal Deer Park: Wander through the parkland, home to diverse deer species and architectural gems like St Mary’s Church.

Visitor Information

Opening Times

  • Abbey and Water Garden: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Gift Shop & Plant Centre: 10:30 – 16:30
  • Visitor Centre Restaurant: 09:30 – 16:00
  • Studley Tea-Room: 10:00 – 16:00

Admission Details

National Trust & English Heritage members enjoy free entry. No CSSC cards accepted. No pre-booking required.

Entry Prices

  • Adult: £18.00
  • Child: £9.00
  • Family: £45.00

For detailed accessibility information, see this Access Statement.


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
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