Studley Royal

Following the dissolution of Fountains Abbey, the site fell into ruin until its purchase in 1768 by the Aislabie family who had long harboured a desire to incorporate it into their Studley Royal estate. John Aislabie transformed it into superb landscaped grounds, featuring a water garden that included the winding Skell valley, as well as canals, ponds and waterfalls. The gardens have been designed to be visited from the Canal Gate. Studley Royal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Useful information

Address : 

B 6265, HG4 3BD Ripon

Opening hours

garden and abbey: Apr-Oct 10am-6pm (end Oct 5pm); early Nov-end Jan daily except Fri 10am-5pm; Feb-Mar 10am-5pm - church noon-4pm, closed Nov-Apr - deer park 7am-6pm (9pm in Summer), last admission 1hr before closing

Nearby tourist attractions

Fountains Abbey Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey
Cut across by the River Skell, these
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Fountains Hall
Fountains Hall
A splendid five-storey mansion built
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Wakeman's House
Wakeman's House
The Wakeman's House, a 14C, two-storeyed
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Market Square
Market Square
One of the largest in the north of
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Cathedral
Cathedral
Built above the Saxon crypt of St
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St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church
Standing above the vast Deer Park
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