Studley Royal Park: Toilets to be converted into refreshment kiosk in Yorkshire UNESCO World Heritage Site

North Yorkshire Council has approved a plan to convert a toilet block at Studley Royal into a refreshment kiosk for visitors to its deer park.

The National Trust owns the historic water park which sits in the grounds of the Fountain Abbey estate.

The block was built in the 19th century and includes two sets of toilets.

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Although part of the WC will be lost, the trust said it will be replaced as part of its £3.5m Studley Revealed project.

North Yorkshire Council has approved a plan to convert a toilet block at Studley Royal into a refreshment kiosk for visitors to its deer park.The National Trust owns the historic water park which sits in the grounds of the Fountain Abbey estate. Credit - The National TrustNorth Yorkshire Council has approved a plan to convert a toilet block at Studley Royal into a refreshment kiosk for visitors to its deer park.The National Trust owns the historic water park which sits in the grounds of the Fountain Abbey estate. Credit - The National Trust
North Yorkshire Council has approved a plan to convert a toilet block at Studley Royal into a refreshment kiosk for visitors to its deer park.The National Trust owns the historic water park which sits in the grounds of the Fountain Abbey estate. Credit - The National Trust

These are plans to improve the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including offering revamped visitor facilities.

This forms part of a separate, yet-to-be-approved planning application and focuses on the water garden area of the estate and the canal gates area.

It will remake landscape features at the heart of the original 18th-century garden design.

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Proposals for the refreshment kiosk arose from the Studley Revealed consultation where comments were made that there should besome explicit food and drink provision in the deer park for visitors.

Planning documents added: “The high number of visitors who solely use the deer park and do not visit the Studley Water Garden indicates that refreshment kiosk can be supported and is a viable proposition.”

The park was laid out in the 18th century by John Aislabie and was extended later by his son to encompass the medieval Fountains Abbey ruin and other elements of the surrounding landscape.

Justin Scully, general manager of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, said: “The Studley Revealed project is an exciting part of the ongoing conservation of the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal World Heritage Site. It has long been our ambition to improve the appearance of this area of the site and how visitors experience it.

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“Crucially, it means we can create a place for our visitors to learn more about the fascinating history of Studley Royal, its international significance and our role in caring for it, whilst simultaneously having a more enjoyable and accessible experience.”