Ampleforth Abbey is in a most beautiful location, with fantastic views across North Yorkshire..no wonder the locals call it Gods own County !Peaceful tranquility of the grounds is only outdone by sitting in the knave in silent Meditation,& preparation for the "Little hour Service" led by the Monks
Whatever your Faith(or non) or Creed, it is really a time to reflect, and perhaps ask yourself why you were led to be there. Do try it ! Oh and the food in the Guests Refectory, is freshly prepared and quite filling and tasty. The homemade Cream of Tomato and Basil Soup was absolutely delicious, as was the Yorkshire Fettle Cheese Sandwich....I wish I could have sampled the Ampleforth Ale to go with it..but as we were driving down to York to stay the night, and its a pretty string brew, I took a bottle away with me for later. Oh and do visit the Visitor Centre and meet the very knowledgeable Bro Kentigern Hagan, who is a gold mine of information. You can book in as Guest and stay overnight too if you wish, but as we were heading to York Minster to hear friends singing Choral Evensong, we could not stay.
Next time we will, and also visit nearby Byland Abbey, which must have been quite stunning beforebeing dissolved by Henry VIII
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