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  • Weddings at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 1

    Weddings at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal


    Thank you for considering us for your special day One of Yorkshire’s most historic and awe-inspiring sites, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal covers nearly 900 years of history.

    The ancient abbey ruins and the fine Georgian water garden, with its temples and follies, mean that you and your guests will have cherished memories of your wedding day for years to come.

    By choosing to hold your wedding here you will be helping us to look after this unique World Heritage site for the future.

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    Your wedding at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Whether the day you’ve dreamed of is large or small, formal or informal, we have the ideal backdrop to help you make your dream a reality.

    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal hosts one wedding a day and can offer unrivalled professional service and individuality.

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    Civil ceremonies at Fountains Hall and the Summer House The impressive Jacobean mansion house, Fountains Hall and its gardens are steeped in history. They are unique and romantic venues in which to hold your wedding ceremony.

    The Great Chamber The high ornate ceiling, large leaded windows, and the immense 400 year old stone fireplace give this historic room its character, making it a truly original place to exchange your vows. Maximum capacity 80

    The Oak Room Once used as a guest bedroom for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the oak panelled room looking out over the Skell valley is an intimate setting for your ceremony. Maximum capacity 20

    The Summer House For a more informal occasion why not get married in our newly licensed Summer House set within the beautiful Elizabethan Garden. With aromas from our herb garden and the sound of the babbling river Skell, the Summer House is a wonderful outdoor location for any summer wedding and is available from May to September. Maximum Capacity 20

  • Drinks Receptions

    The perfect way to start your celebrations is with a drinks reception. We have two atmospheric locations for your guests to relax in and be well looked after, leaving you to make full use of the magnificent surroundings for your wedding photographs.

    The Elizabethan garden is a private walled garden with the grand backdrop of Fountains Hall. The arching orchard bridge makes a dramatic photo opportunity. Scents from our wisteria, lavender and roses sweep through the garden making for a romantic outdoor reception during the summer months.

    The Stone Hall in Fountains Hall is an imposing yet cosy venue, with a grand fireplace, minstrels gallery and high stone ceiling. This is the alternative to the Elizabethan Garden during the winter months.

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    Come and view our stunning locations We’d love to see you to discuss your special day in more detail and show you our historic venue. This will bring the wonder of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal to life for your wedding plans.

    Please call our weddings co-ordinator on 01765 643197

    or email fountainsbookings to have a chat about your wedding in more detail and to arrange a visit.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I book the registrar? Please call 01609 780780 or write to the Registry Office, Bilton House, 31 Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AG. The registrars will let you know their availability and take a deposit to secure the date. For more information please visit

    Can I get married in the abbey grounds? Due to licensing laws in England and Wales it is not possible to have a legal wedding ceremony in the Abbey ruins or outdoors on the estate, however our licensed summer house is available for intimate wedding ceremonies for a maximum of 20 guests.

    Is there any accommodation in the grounds? We have a number of National Trust holiday cottages that are available for a minimum of three nights or seven nights in peak periods. For more information and prices please visit or call 03448 002070. There are many good quality B&Bs, self catering cottages, guesthouses and hotels

    within the local area that are happy to accommodate wedding parties.

    Is there any disabled access? Fountains Hall is only accessible via five short flights of stairs. The Great Chamber is situated on the third floor. Wheelchairs and other mobility vehicles cannot be allowed due to the difficulty in accessing the room and the risk posed should the room need to be evacuated in the event of an emergency.

    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is a large outdoor estate. There are walking distances of varying lengths between the venues and steep inclines on some routes.

    For more information please visit our website at

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    How to find us Directions by road From the A1 northbound: J48, A168, B6265, follow the brown signs for Fountains Abbey.

    From the A1 southbound: J50, take the A61 sign-posted Ripon, A6108, B6265, follow the brown signs for Fountains Abbey.

    There is ample free parking at the Visitor Centre and two charging points for electric cars. Priority disabled parking is at the West Gate car park.

    If you’d like this information in an alternative format please email fountainsbookings@

    or call 01765 608888

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

    01765 608888

    fountainsabbey @fountainsabbey


    83 Photography (Pages 5, 8, 10) Daniel Hammonds (Pages 5, 9, 11, 13) Ginger Snaps Photography (Pages 12, 14) Photography by Kathryn (Pages 1, 3, 8, 14, 15) Morgan Photography (Pages 8, 10) Paul Joseph Photography (Pages 2, 14) Rachael Fawcett Photography (Page 10) Ruth Mitchell Photography (Pages 3, 4, 7) S6 Photography (Pages 6, 11)

    Full details for all our wedding photographers can be found in our wedding pack. Printed on recycled paper. Please recycle this leaflet after use.

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