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“An Oasis of Calm”
Review of Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey
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Owner description: 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.
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An Oasis of Calm”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

We were staying with friends near Helmsley in order to visit the Christmas Craft Fair at Duncombe Park. We had planned to have a light lunch there and progress to Hutton le Hole and Lastingham in the afternoon. However after a spur of the moment decision, we decided to investigate the Ampleforth Tea Shop and Visitor Centre instead.

When we found the state of the car parks, we suspected there must be something going on, and nearly turned around and went elsewhere. Thankfully we didn't!

In the Visitor Centre we encountered Fr. Kentigern, who we knew from our visits to St. Chad's, Kirkbymoorside while we were scouting for a property in the area before we abandoned our plans to relocate to the area from Sunderland. He gave us a free CD of music made by various Ampleforthians, and after a coffee and a bowl of soup in the Tea Shop and a mooch around the Gift Shop, we had a spell of reflection in the Abbey, with an organ recital (organist practicing for the following Sunday?) and a wander around both the hidden corners of the Abbey and also the beautiful grounds!

Just goes to show that sometimes it is better to do things on the spur of the moment rather than pre-planning!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank InkyOilwell
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AmpleforthAbbey, PR & Marketing Officer at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit. What a lucky spur of the moment decision! We hope you visit again soon.
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Bromley, Kent
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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“A wander outside York”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Lovely and peaceful. Welcoming tea room and beautiful scenery. Tucked away after a pretty drive out.

Visited October 2013
Thank kentJoe
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West Kirby, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
236 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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“peace and quiet”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is such a tranquil place - well worth a visit. It is not a tourist attraction but a 'working' abbey and school. We had a long walk in the grounds and surrounding lanes, visited the museum, the church, tea room ( try the apple cake) and the abbey shop where we bought some lovely cider. Every where we went we were greeted warmly by monks and staff - it felt like a real privilege to be there

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Mary R
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank BananaramaYork
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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“It was a great privilege”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

A very interesting visit obviously not geared solely for tourists, but nevertheless it was a privilege to be able to visit the Abbey, walk in the grounds, visit the Visitors Centre, and have lunch in the tea room, where the food was excellent, and to see the students at their various sports activities - how lucky they are to have such an iconic place to learn with these excellent facilities..

The buildings were interesting, especially the Abbey, and the Visitors Centre most informative as to the purpose and with examples of chosen lives of some of the monks currently in office there.. There was such a feeling of peace and tranquillity which began with a "Silence" notice on entering the corridor of the first building,

The grounds were extensive and the setting stunning. We only walked for a short while down into the grounds passed the sports fields, but it would be great to return to further explore the grounds on another occasion. Thank you so much for allowing us to visit.

Visited October 2013
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