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Folly! art in the garden

Type:Animal / Wildlife

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

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Folly! art in the garden


There’s art in the garden but it’s not paintings, and it’s not in a gallery…The artworks are in the garden and they’re just for fun - we call them follies. 

We're working with northern artist Steve Messam to bring artwork into the water garden between May-October. Big, bold and controversial these pieces drew inspiration from a mysterious folly designed by William Aislabie. They'll excite, delight and surprise. 

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Road Directions

Off B6265 to Pateley Bridge, signed from A1, 12 miles north of Harrogate (A61)

Public Transport Directions

Bus services from Leeds, York, Yorkshire Dales and Harrogate to Ripon and Fountains Abbey. 



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Key Features

  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - free at visitor centre. Pay and display at Studley Royal deer-park


Opening Times

folly! with Steve Messam (2 May 2020 - 30 Oct 2020)

* 10am - 5pm, normal admission charges apply.

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