- Parks and Playgrounds
- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
An amazing historical World Heritage Site near Ripon, Fountains Abbey provides picturesque wide open spaces, family guided tours, school holiday activities and nature galore: kids will love the wild deer and bats! A perfect combination of activities and learning!
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a magnificent World Heritage Site that encompasses over 800 years of British heritage.
With an Elizabethan mansion, Victorian Church, Georgian Water Garden and the finest example of Cistercian Abbey ruins in the country you'll never be short of places to explore. Join the 'It's a Monk's Life' tour and dress in a habit while you listen to the tale of the monks who built Fountains Abbey and then watched it destroyed by Henry VIII: perfect for kids studying the Tudors.
Check out the activities for kids during the school holidays, they'll love events like Father's Day bird box making, medieval re-enactment days, children's open air theatre, wildlife trails plus much more.
There is a fantastic kid's playground on site as well as a drop in learning centre and Porter's Lodge the new interpretation centre.
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
10:00 - 17:00
November through February
10:00 - 16:00
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Fridays in November, December and January.
At Studley Gates there is a tea room serving sandwiches and cakes and an ice cream kiosk by the abbey. There are also numerous places to have a picnic Choose from a selection of hot meals, soup, sandwiches, cakes and desserts at the Visitor Centre Restaurant.
There are disabled toilets and changing facilities on site.
The fantastic shop is more than just a souveneir shop! Find local produce, unique gifts, a great selection of books and great plants: something for everyone.
Baby food facilities
There is a milk warmer available, a baby food warmer and a microwave. There are also kids' portions available.