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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Become inspired at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden Studley Royal Water Garden is a serenely beautiful landscape garden. Featuring one of the best water gardens in England, originally laid out in the 1700s in the sheltered River Skell. At the lower end are reflecting moon ponds, a formal canal, grotto springs, sculptures, a rustic bridge and the Temple of Piety. Higher up, contrived vistas bounce across the valley, culminating in the picturesque vision of ruined Fountains Abbey sitting on the valley floor. Anne Boleyn's seat, a timber gazebo has now been fully restored and offers fine views over this wonderful example of 18th century landscaping.

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Dog/Pet friendly

Parking Available

Disabled Access

Facilities & information


Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly




Disabled Access

Parking Available


Extra info

Parkland Acreage: 150

Open Times: Abbey and Water Garden: 1 Jan - 31 Jan 10-5 Sat to Thurs. 1 Feb - 27 Mar daily. 28 Mar - 24 Oct 10-6 daily. 25 Oct - 1 Nov 10-5 daily. 2 Nov - 31 Dec 10-5 Sun to Thurs. Please see our website for Deer-park opening times.

Price Details: NT & EH Members Free. See NT website for admission prices.

Arrival information and directions

Address: Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, RiponHG4 3DY, United Kingdom

Four miles west of Ripon, signposted from A1.

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