The magnificent St Mary's Church is one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in England. It was designed in the 1870s by the flamboyant architect William Burges. Set within Studley Royal Park, a World Heritage Site which also includes the ruins of Fountains Abbey, the church has been called Burges's 'ecclesiastical masterpiece'.
The church was built by the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon following a tragic family death in 1870. Its extravagantly decorated interior is influenced by 13th century English Gothic styles and displays coloured marble, stained glass, a splendid organ, and painted and gilded figures in all their original glory.
St Mary's Church is owned by English Heritage and managed by the National Trust.
Read more about the church's history.
Before You Go
Opening Times: The church is only open from April until October, from 12-4pm daily. View details.
Parking: There is a free car park at the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Visitor Centre, a ten minute walk from the church. The Studley Royal Deer Park car park is closer to the church but is pay and display.
Access: The church is wheelchair accessible. Disabled visitors can be set down at the Church. Please contact the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal for further details.
Facilities: There is a restaurant located at Fountains Abbey Studley Royal visitor centre and a tearoom at the Abbey. These are not managed by English Heritage. You can find toilet facilities at the Studley Royal tea room, located near Studley Royal car park.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome outside the church, but only guide dogs are permitted inside the church.
Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present.
Plan a Great Day Out
St Mary's Church sits within the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal World Heritage Site.
Step further back in time by visiting Aldborough Roman Site, just eight miles from the Church. Uncover 1,800 years of history in the onsite museum and don't miss the two fantastic Roman mosaics.
The castles of Spofforth, Middleham and Helmsley sit within 25 miles of St Mary's Church. Find out which castle was the childhood home of Richard III and which houses an impressive archaeological store.
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.
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