We came upon Ampleforth by pure chance one Sunday afternoon - we thought we would just take a peek when we came upon the signposts, but stayed for the rest of the day. The grounds are lovely and we spent some time just relaxing there, before visiting the abbey itself which is a beautiful, simple building - very calm and peaceful.
Home to an active school, there were young musicians playing outside for a spell which was delightful. A good game of cricket was also in full flow.
The visitor centre is very informative, telling the story of Ampleforth and the daily life of the monastic community in a very accessible way.
And finally the tea room furnished with famous Mousey Thompson tables provided a good cup of tea and homemade cakes to round off the afternoon.
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