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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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Yorkshire, England
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159 reviews 159 reviews
33 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited on a lovely sunny day.Incredible that there is no admission charge. We wandered through the beautiful grounds and visited the abbey. What a lovely place and such friendly staff.Had a great Cappucino and cake in the very popular tea room. Thoroughly recommend a day out here in God's own county.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Wonderful setting and a friendly welcome in the visitor centre which is most informative. Grounds are spectacular as is the external view of the Abbey but the inside was uninteresting to say the least and probably reflects the simple way of live lived by the monks but nevertheless we were underwhelmed. Realise that we were only visitors not the main... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We came as a small group yesterday 8/10/14 to tour the Apple Orchards. Cameron really knew his history, answered our questions patiently and gave us just the right amount of information regarding the cider production. We were then treated to one of the best afternoon teas I have ever had, the sandwiches were really fresh, the cakes divine and the... More

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We had a busy week of tours last week so it's great to hear your positive feedback. The product sampling seems to go down very well after being outside in the orchard! More

Sussex, UK
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145 reviews 145 reviews
3 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Ampleforth was an interesting experience. We visited as we were touring the ruined Yorkshire abbeys and as Catholics, thought a visit to Ampleforth would be worthwhile. The abbey church is beautiful in its simplicity. The bookshop was well stocked. The cafe served great tea and cakes. But it wasn't a very welcoming place. The staff member in the bookshop seemed... More

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

Dear BrightonBelle_10. Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to hear about the service you received during your visit to Ampleforth Abbey. I will forward your comments to our shop manager as this is not the impression we want our visitors to leave with. I am pleased you enjoyed your tea and cake in the Tea Room, it... More

Thirsk, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I visited the abbey with my blind partner last week. I wanted to be able to show her some of the things that had been shown to me my Prior Terence in a previous visit. I checked at reception if this was okay and the lady very kindly contacted the Prior and he came down to show us to St... More

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

Thank you so much for this lovely review. I will pass all your comments on to the appropriate people and I'm sure they will be delighted. Fr Prior is always happy to help our visitors and has a vast amount of knowledge on the Abbey. St Benet's Chapel is a special little chapel which contains the altar stone from Byland... More

Rye, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Beautiful Abbey and grounds set in rolling countryside. We did not visit the Abbey itself but the grounds are lovely.

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

Next time you must visit the tea room and treat yourself to one of our delicious cakes! More

Worcester, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Having much enjoyed a visit to Buckfast Abbey last year, we decided to include a visit to Ampleforth Abbey ( both Benedictine) in our Yorkshire holiday itinerary. The Visitor Centre was open but empty, and it was difficult to judge which rooms were actually open to the public as all the doors were closed. The history of the the Abbey... More

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

Dear HenGus. Thank you for your honest review and we are very sorry you did not find everything to be as it should have been. We are pleased you found the visitor centre to be interesting and can only apologise there was no-one available. It is staffed by volunteers who assist Fr. Kentigern (who is also the parish priest for... More

Leeds, England
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107 reviews 107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A lovely tranquil setting with amazing views and walks; what a place to go to school ! Plenty of parking but be careful near to the entrance as the already narrow road is affected by building work. No admission fee, but donations welcome. The shop has a large range of quality items including their Trappist style ale and "proper" cider... More

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

The pork and apple burger is a good choice! We hope the building work will be finished soon and it hope it wasn't too much of an inconvenience during your visit. More

Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We walked from the studford lodges, it was about 5 miles, great to visit, would recommend this to any one staying near by, grounds are lovely and so is the Sunday luch

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

Wow, you really did make an effort to get here. So glad you had the Sunday lunch as a treat! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Do not miss this place once you around York. A unique place to visit, see and feel the gentle calmness of a true sanctuary. Retreats available.

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

Thank you for recommending a visit. We have noticed a lot of people come to 'get away from it all' and next month we are even running a silent retreat! More

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