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Ampleforth Abbey

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Address: Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
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+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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Tour of Cider making

We visited with a group from our car club. We were given a tour of the orchard and the Cider making brew house. We also visited their Tea Rooms and enjoyed a light lunch. Service... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 June 2016
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Huddersfield
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Huddersfield
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469 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

We visited with a group from our car club. We were given a tour of the orchard and the Cider making brew house. We also visited their Tea Rooms and enjoyed a light lunch. Service was poor.

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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 are disappointed to hear that the service was poor and would welcome the opportunity to learn more about your visit and the issues you encountered. Please do feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@ampleforth.org.uk. More 

York, United Kingdom
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377 reviews
238 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

What a peaceful place. Lovely grounds and surroundings, fantastic walks, visitor centre and lots more. We called in for lunch and were not disappointed, good service and varied choice. Surrounded by mouse man furniture a pleasure to dine there. All in all a very welcoming and pleasant visit will be going back as soon as we can.

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

Thank you for your review - we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

This is a working monastery and public school - but don't be deterred! Spectacular site with incredible views and public access on nature walks, and footpaths, and free visitor centre. Dog friendly if on leads. Abbey is immediately adjacent to the public school, -- so also an insight into how the privileged live--school appears to have fifteen all weather tennis... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words - we were delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable experience. As well as a working monastery, Ampleforth is home to almost 600 students. Sport and extra curricular activities play a key part in school life, hence the need for plenty of sports facilities! We also run an extensive outreach programme where we... More 

Burford, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

They've really made an effort to enlighten visitors to their (free of charge) Visitor Centre by providing excellent explanatory material in the three main rooms. The guide who was on hand on the 27th May, to elaborate and provide further explanations was not only most interesting but also an excellent ambassador. A visit to the Abbey and 'mouse' spotting is... More 

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

Thank your for your lovely comments. We're sorry to hear that service in the Tea Room was slow - we do experience busy periods but our staff try to ensure this does not impact on service. I will pass on your comments to the team. More 

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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

A beautiful place. The visitors centre was enlightening to what the Abbey was all about, and the life of the Monks.

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

Thank you! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Having been walking on the Moors all day we decided to call in at the Abbey although late afternoon and the facilities were closed. What an exceptional place. We were allowed to go into the Abbey , that shop and cafe ( both closed ) and anywhere we wished and all staff members were pleasant and helpful. The buildings are... More 

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

What a shame that you missed the Tea Room and Shop - please do come back and visit again! You could even book on one of our Abbey Church or Orchard & Cider Mill Tours which run on selected dates throughout the year - please check our website for upcoming dates. More 

Burnley
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Visited the abbey whilst visiting the adjacent college/school. Lovely buildings set in beautiful location. Interesting visitor centre and shop. Also very nice tea room. The buildings and location are just first class and the journey to the abbey from York about 35 minutes away was just great. Not enough however to keep me occupied and one or two of the... More 

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

Thank you for your comments. We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience of visiting Ampleforth Abbey and grounds. We would be interested to learn more about your visit to the school though as your experience sounds very disappointing and not at all what we would hope or expect from our students. Please do feel free to contact... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

We had planned to stay here for a night but could not make it happen and so we visited the Abbey instead on our way to Whitney. It was very difficult to find, there was no real road sign to guide us and we had given up hope when there was a sign at last and we found it. We... More 

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

We shall certainly look into ways in which we can make it easier for visitors to find Ampleforth as we were sorry to hear you had a difficult journey. We were however pleased that you experienced our Benedictine hospitality and that you received a warm welcome by Fr Kentigern. We do hope you would make a return visit if you... More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

This was my second visit and I came specifically to attend a service, I wanted to attend Little Hour, prior to the service I sat in the Abbey deep in my own thoughts and reflected on my life. We were approached by the Head of Pastoral who asked us to join the monks in their service. It was an absolute... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Ampleforth - it is wonderful to hear that your experience was so moving. We would love to welcome you again in future - perhaps you may wish to look at our retreat programme which can be found on our Hospitality website. More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

With its tranquil surroundings and amazing views of the North Yorkshire countryside, Ampleforth Abbey is the perfect place to take stock and remind yourself that the basics of life cost nothing amidst our very materialistic modern world. Attending one of the six daily 'services' as part of the monastic office is highly recommended especially 'Vespers'. Whether you are religious or... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed the experience of Vespers. You can now listen online to all Abbey services - please visit the Ampleforth Abbey website to learn more about live streaming. More 

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