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Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
+44 1439 766000
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Ampleforth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: Whether you are looking for a tour of the Abbey, beautiful walks or simply time to reflect, you are assured of a warm welcome. Visitors are invited to... more » Owner description: Whether you are looking for a tour of the Abbey, beautiful walks or simply time to reflect, you are assured of a warm welcome. Visitors are invited to spend the day at Ampleforth and enjoy the facilities that we offer including a tea room with a fantastic selection of food and beverages, the Abbey gift shop which stocks everything from keyrings to our own cider and our state-of-the-art Visitor centre, providing a comprehensive insight into the history of Ampleforth. Admission to the Abbey and Grounds is free but we do welcome donations to support the work of the Abbey and the Benedictine Community. « less
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Lancashire
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201 reviews 201 reviews
10 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A stunning location you can walk for miles! The Grounds are large and the Abbey itself is a fine church. There is a shop (where you can buy their acclaimed cider!) and an excellent cafe.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My wife and I made a lengthy journey (180 miles round trip) but it was well worth it! The tranquil atmosphere,beautifully maintained grounds and the tea rooms all made it well worth the effort.The church is typically Benedictine in nature, and encourages a few prayers.Thanks to monks and lay people for a great day.

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Wow that was quite a journey you made for us. Thank you for taking the time to travel over. It would be great to know how you found out about us. More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Gardens and Abbey wonderful as was the apple brandy tasting-great shop. The journey there (70 miles north on the motorway tedious)- should have taken the non-motorway route.

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for making the long journey. The Cider Brandy would certainly keep you going for the day! More

bridlington
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124 reviews 124 reviews
24 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The visitor centre has lots of information, including a video loop and audio of what it feels like to become a monk, how they missed their family and other interesting questions and answers of what you might want to ask. The grounds are vast and stunning as is the school building, I managed to buy a bottle of their damson... More

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

We are so pleased you found the visitor centre informative. The audio feature with headphones really does ask the questions you want to know. Hopefully you can return to sample the delights of the Tea Room. More

DONASTER
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Well worth a visit. There is plenty of information available in the Abbey and the tour is well worth it and it's free! The grounds are immaculate and vast. The views are wonderful and the shop is worth a visit. There is lots of religious matter available but the cider, the monks produce is gorgeous!

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Dear Sarah. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted you had such a lovely visit. The Thursday tour is such a good way of learning more about the Abbey and it can be really insightful given it's lead by a monk. More

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A fantastic day out and thoroughly enjoyable exhibition charting the life and history of the order. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff and it was a real privilege seeing and meeting some of the monks. Excellent tea room with very good cake and a very good lunch menu selection.

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about your visit and I am so pleased you enjoyed learning about the Community in the visitor centre. I hope you managed to have a chat with Fr Kentigern who runs the visitor centre. More

York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
8 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Came here with friends as a birthday treat. Although we have lived in the area for years, we have never visited before, but most definitely will be back. The abbey and surrounding area is absolutely stunning. The abbey, itself, is very plain, but has an aura of such spirituality and calm, that brings peace to all. This is one of... More

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It sounds as though you had a real treat for your birthday. More

Thame, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Myself and a few cycling friends visited the Abbey after we finished a bike race which ended in the college grounds. The cream tea gets 5 stars; generous portion of cream! And the tea is, of course, Yorkshire tea. Service was very good. Very pleasant and beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely feedback. I hope it was Sunday you were here and managed to get the sunshine instead of the rain on Saturday! More

London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A stunning and immaculately maintained property. Grounds are a wonderful place to stroll in total peace and quiet The Abbey Church, and the buildings in general, are not dark but rather light and bright. A must visit if you are in the area. Don't miss the Shop and Tea room !

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely feedback. It is definitely the place to come if you want some peace and quite from the stresses of life. More

birmingham england
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54 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Arrived in the early evening to hear Monteverdi's Vespers in the Church as part of the Ryedale Festival. It was my first visit and I found the grounds of the Abbey and the views breathtakingly green and tranquil. We enjoyed a preconcert glass of wine on the terrace and from our seats in the Church gallery lost ourselves in the... More

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AmpleforthAbbey, Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

We are so pleased you had a lovely evening. The concert was absolutely wonderful and you are right about the acoustics! More

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