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Address: Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 766000
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Abbey Church - Visitor Centre - Tea Room - Gift Shop - St Alban's Sports...

Abbey Church - Visitor Centre - Tea Room - Gift Shop - St Alban's Sports Centre with Fitness Suite & 25m Swimming Pool - Woodland Walks & Lakes - Orchard Tours on selected dates 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.

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A wonderful place for spiritual renewal

Follow the office with the monks, join an organised retreat or just enjoy this beautiful valley and the food and hospitality on offer - very special place

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Joe M
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Follow the office with the monks, join an organised retreat or just enjoy this beautiful valley and the food and hospitality on offer - very special place

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you Joe for your lovely comments - we are pleased to welcome so many visitors to Ampleforth and enjoy hearing about the positive experiences our guests have when they visit. More 

Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Thursday as there is a guided tour scheduled. We joined Brother Andrew who has been a monk at the Abbey for around 30 years now. A very kind, gentle, very highly educated & humorous man. Really brought the abbey to life. Have wanted to visit for around 13 years and finally had the opportunity. Brought back... More 

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Thank GCHDT
AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and indeed your tour of the Abbey Church. One of our Benedictine core values is Hospitality and we're glad that you were able to experience this when you visited. More 

Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Visited en-route to another location and very glad we did, set in the most stunning grounds with incredible views across the local countryside. A small but excellent and informative visitors centre and the abbey itself is so stunning, so peaceful. We had lunch in the cafe on site and the quality was excellent and I would certainly recommend it for... More 

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We do hope to see you again soon. More 

Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

We live near by, so frequent the Abbey for different reasons: great shop/local apple juice, cider, etc. Went recently for a tour of the orchard and a meal. Very informative and great history. bbq was so, so.

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear that you are regular visitors and that you found the tour of the orchard to be informative. We are sorry that you were not as impressed with the barbecue supper and will pass on your feedback to our Food and Events team who will certainly take it on board when planning future tours. We hope... More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Quite lovely village, great pubs with splendid views.Especially recommend the White Swan! Cant wait to visit again!

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we hope you managed to pay a visit to the Abbey too! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Staying in a local cottage in Ampleforth for the week in September's glorious Indian Summer, Ampleforth Abbey was a must to visit. Not disappointed in any way. The lady in the visitor centre was extremely interesting and set up the visit very well with her knowledge and information. The history, character and surroundings of the Abbey & College are simply... More 

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely comments. More 

York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Visited Ampleforth Abbey for the first time today. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay very long but we did manage a walk around the beautiful grounds and lunch in the cafe. Very good quality food - I only had a cheese & ham toastie for £6.25 (which came with side salad, home made coleslaw and crisps) but lots of filing and beautiful... More 

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear that you had such a pleasant visit and that you enjoyed your lunch in the Tea Room. We shall look forward to seeing you again - please do check the website for details of our tour dates. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

A wonderful place to visit. A really relaxing and peaceful place. Looking at the buildings and if the weather is Ok walking the nature trail is lovely. What a breath of fresh air and a great place to recharge your batteries.

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we're very pleased to hear that you found your visit to be so peaceful. More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

The Monastery and school are nestled in a valley which is relatively easy to find between Helmsley and Hovingham. The scenery is stunning and there is an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility wherever you go in the grounds (which are huge). The orchard tour and cider mill are well worth booking and we had a stimulating and informative guide... More 

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

What a wonderful account of your visit - it sounds as though you had a lovely day! More 

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Lovely, peaceful place with fabulous grounds to walk leisurely around. We had scones and tea in the tea room that were absolutely delicious and very filling. We had a fun game of tennis with the equipment that was out on the lawns ready for anyone to use. It was just lovely.

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AmpleforthAbbey, Communications Coordinator at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review

We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and that you had the chance to sample the scones! More 

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