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“Those Benedictines knew a great view.........!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey
Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
+44 1439 766000
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Ampleforth
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.
Stockport, United Kingdom
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“Those Benedictines knew a great view.........!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

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

Visited August 2012
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Too good to miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I visited with a group of 30 persons in July this year. The visit was very well organised by the helpful and friendly staff. We had coffee at the Windmill followed by a visit to the orchard plus a tour of the mill. After lunch Father Anselm took us on a very informative and amusing tour of the Abbey. We then had time to visit the visitor centre,the shop and the excellent cafe.There are lovely walks in the extensive grounds which have superb views over the surrounding countryside.This is certainly a place too good to miss.

Visited July 2012
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Away with the Monks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I went to stay at the Abbey on a retreat and found the accommodation and the 2000 acres of grounds fantastic. If you can't get a bit of spiritual peace here you wont get it anywhere.

The rooms are £35 a night, basic but very comfortable. There are a couple of gastro pubs close by and little villages and places to visit. The staff in the office and surrounding info centres etc are friendly and helpful and make you feel relaxed and care free.

Breakfast was a little monastic and I felt it was a shame that their appeared to be a language barrier with the kitchen staff when communicating your requirements. There was a definite bruskness in their attitude.

I felt it was a missed opportunity that local boys and girls could not have been recruited rather than others from a foreign agency.

However this did not spoil the stay and I would recommend it.

Visited July 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Set in the most lovely surroundings, Ampleforth Abbey is an essential visit. Stillness and peace, stunning views, beautiful architecture, tranquil abbey church, excellent gift/book shop, delicious cakes in the tea room... Not to mention the extremely well put-together and interesting Visitor Centre, which is an enjoyable experience for both adults and children.

Benedictine monks are known for their hospitality and Ampleforth Abbey is extremely welcoming. I would highly recommend the retreats offered by the monks, and the accommodation is of a very high standard.

If you wish to attend any of the services, you will find them prayerful and inspiring, and the sight of this vibrant monastic community is refreshing: the great Benedictine monastic tradition still speaks to our time and we can all learn something from it.


Visited April 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“A terrific day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Went with a local group to this location. Although the weather was very wet, it rained allday, the visit was memorable. We were shown round by the Prior, a terrific chap, detailing history with fact. Nothing was too much trouble, all questions answered trufully. The views of the grounds, all 2000 areas were fantastic, pitty about the weather!. Will definately return in Summer!!!
Thankyou & ALL WAS FREE!!!

Visited June 2012
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