Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey
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Ampleforth Abbey has been the home of a community of Benedictine monks for over 200 years. Whether you're visiting to discover magnificent architecture, to take a stroll in the rolling hills of our grounds, or to join the community for prayer in the Abbey Church, you are assured of a warm welcome here. Whilst our Tea Room, Abbey Shop and Visitor Centre are currently closed for an exciting redevelopment project, you can still explore the beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands in our grounds or enjoy our fantastic sports facilities including the Fitness Suite and 25m Swimming Pool at St Alban's Sports Centre. What's more, why not take a visit to our Cider Mill and Orchard to discover it's fascinating history and taste our award-winning cider. Admission to the Abbey and grounds is free and open to all, though we do welcome donations to support the work of the Abbey and the Benedictine Community.
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T d
London, UK127 contributions
The monks of Ampleforth Abbey have put a great deal of effort is remodelling the access to the visitor centre, Abbey Shop and Tea room (in the best North Yorkshire tradition).

This place is inspiring and charged with its 200-year history in “the valley”.

The Ampleforth honey and cider are both from the monastery orchards containing no less than 40 varieties of apples.

The Ampleforth craft beer is also a delight.

Everybody is so welcoming. Will return!
Written March 11, 2020
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pappaQ_Lds
Wakefield, UK364 contributions
Called here between Xmas and New Year and the grounds and the buildings are stunning in a fabulous location. Cafe and visitors centre were closed (understandable) however still glad we called and had a walk around the grounds as the backdrop of the college is beautiful. Everything is kept immaculate not a thing out of place or litter anywhere.
Will definately call again. Excellent experience cant wait to go back when fully open
Written January 4, 2020
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Joseph H
Ossett, UK696 contributions
Couples
Visited here for a couple of hours on a Monday afternoon. Extremely impressive from the outside as well as on the inside. Very helpful and chatty members of staff in both the Visitor Centre and the shop.
Definitely worth a visit, but not a huge amount of history or beauty on the inside of the Abbey itself.
Written January 26, 2020
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DavidUK2010
York, UK220 contributions
An interesting experience in a working Abbey. It looks very new even though over a hundred years old.

It was great to walk round an empty Abbey with no other person around. First time visitor and such remote area.
Written June 19, 2022
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Martin C
Boston, UK172 contributions
Couples
Returned to Ampleforth after the disappointment of closure through lockdown. Alternative location in the Windmill is very safe and a lovely spot. Great menu despite not having the famous apple cake. I enjoyed the fresh ploughman's platter and all other meals were mouth watering
Written October 17, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. I'm so sorry the Apple Cake wasn't available when you visited. It is going to be a daily staple on our soon to be updated menu so should be available if you return. I'm so glad you all enjoyed your meals, it's always to lovely to hear good feedback.
Written October 20, 2020
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ANNIE1408
Ampleforth, UK36 contributions
Family
The tea rooms serve excellent food and the staff are very pleasant. There is also St Albans sport centre where you can use the gym and pool, best to use the centre before going to the tea room!
The grounds of the Abbey are beautifully with plenty of walking available.
Would recommend this highly for people of all ages.
Written April 16, 2014
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit.
Written April 29, 2014
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Anthony B
Coventry, UK46 contributions
Couples
I'll make this clear,I am not religious at all. In fact I am a total atheist.
Yet the quiet, studious and friendly nature of this working Abbey struck a deep chord with me and my wife. We were left to walk around the abbey in peace. We could see the modern built Abbey church in all its sharp edged glory and magnificence. Looking like a cross between an ancient Abbey and a very modern church and evoking a feeling of Victorian neo-gothic in its architecture. The sheer peace of the pace was amazing. The staff, mostly lay helpers, cannot be faulted. They exude the kindness and honesty that jaded palettes like mine don't see often enough. The church itself is a wonder.
There is a tea room which is excellent, great quality food and nice tea. Do try their own Apple juice too, it's gorgeous.
Also, spend 10 minutes in the Visitor Centre to learn about the history of the abbey and the order that lives and works there.
I am no more religious now than before, but I have so much respect for this wonderful, humbling place.
Written May 15, 2015
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Anthony, What a wonderfully sincere review - thank you so much for visiting and for taking the time to share your experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit.
Written May 20, 2015
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sarah l
Doncaster, UK497 contributions
Couples
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!
Written August 11, 2014
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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.
Written August 14, 2014
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63Jack
York, UK156 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed an extremely pleasant walk of about 6 miles in the grounds of the Abbey using the free walk leaflet from the information centre.
We also used the tea room which was excellent with a good choice of hot and cold food and drinks.
Ampleforth is a lovely place to visit with ample safe parking and the views on our walk looking back towards the Abbey were amazing. Well worth a day out.
Written March 4, 2014
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your visit to the Abbey. You picked a good day to do the walk as it was glorious here yesterday.
Written March 5, 2014
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Vicki B
Yorkshire, UK105 contributions
Visited here and felt unwelcome except for in the visitors centre by a very nice monk. Nice views but couldn't really see any cider being made. Visitors centre small but interesting.
Written July 16, 2013
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