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Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
+44 1439 766000
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Weekend retreat

I stayed at Ampleforth for two nights during the retreat weekend. My bedroom was above the Arch... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Geraldine523
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Darlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyable day out

Just spent most of the day at Ampleforth college/Abbey. First called at the visitor centre where a... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Jackie J
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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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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Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

I stayed at Ampleforth for two nights during the retreat weekend. My bedroom was above the Arch with a view to the church and grounds. The room clean, cosy with ensuite, tea making facilities and very reasonably priced. The grounds are huge and afford many...More

Thank Geraldine523
Ampleforth A, Marketing & Communications Manager at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us - we do hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Just spent most of the day at Ampleforth college/Abbey. First called at the visitor centre where a gentleman explained some of the history. Then on to the gift shop followed by the Tea room for lunch, Ploughmans, excellent. After lunch we went to look round...More

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Ampleforth A, Marketing & Communications Manager at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words and so pleased you enjoyed your visit and your Ploughmans! Hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 31 October 2017

We are fortunate to live fairly near Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire which is also the home on one of the leading Catholic boarding schools in Europe. It is a community of monks (and lay people) living their lives according the Gospel and Rule of...More

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Ampleforth A, Marketing & Communications Manager at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit - it really is a lovely walk through to Gilling too. Hope we see you again soon.

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Followed a visit to Abbey Orchards, really interesting insight into the monastic life and history of the Catholic church in the UK. Buildings are impressive but not as ornate you might expect due to their age. Beautiful grounds in a superb setting, well worth a...More

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Ampleforth A, Marketing & Communications Manager at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you for your lovely words and so pleased you had a good visit despite the rain!

Reviewed 19 October 2017

First time we have visited the Abbey. A modern building attached to a private college with wonderful grounds. Very peaceful and accommadating

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Ampleforth A, Marketing & Communications Manager at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for your review and delighted you enjoyed your day with us - hope we see you again soon.

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Attended a retreat that was intellectually stimulating and relaxing A mixture of introspection and walking Led by one of the senior monks who explained the rule of St Benedict and the history of how Ampleforth was founded there was also plenty of time for quiet...More

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Ampleforth A, Marketing & Communications Manager at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words and we are so pleased you enjoyed your retreat - hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 30 September 2017

We attended the Sunday liturgy at Ampleforth Abbey, and could not have been happier. The whole complex is beautiful, but the abbey church (Giles Gilbert Scott, architect) is stunning. Architecture afficionados will know that Scott's better known church is Liverpool Cathedral, but the abbey deserves...More

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Ampleforth A, Marketing & Communications Manager at Ampleforth Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us - hope we see you again soon.

Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We visited today, Sunday September 24 th on a whim. Boy are we glad we did! The grounds are breathtaking, as was the Abbey. It really brought tears to both our eyes. I use a mobility scooter and found I could use all the grounds...More

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Management response:Responded 26 September 2017

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your day with us and thank you so much for your lovely review - we hope we can welcome you back again soon and that you are able to enjoy some delicious treats in our Tea Room!

Reviewed 16 September 2017

Why visit on a Thursday. It is the only day where there is a guided tour which starts at the Abbey shop/tearoom at 2.30. We arrived and parked for 2.15 and walked from the visitors car park to the shop and from there at 2.30...More

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Management response:Responded 26 September 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the tour with Fr Christopher! We are delighted that this was a highlight of your visit to North Yorkshire and we do hope we can welcome you back to...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017

I like old ruins and this Abbey is a far from a ruin but still worth visiting. The information centre is interesting and the buildings and school are set in very tranquil grounds. There is no admission fee and there is plenty of parking. There...More

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Management response:Responded 26 September 2017

Thank you so much for your email and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our peaceful valley. We were so sorry to hear you experienced slow service in our Tea Room and we will of course ensure this feedback is passed on...More

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John R
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Cynthia W
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Response from AmpleforthAbbey | Property representative |
Thank you Cynthia for your question. You can of course visit Ampleforth by bus and will be able to partake in the Abbey tour which takes place every Thursday at 2:15pm. The tour lasts approximately one hour, so you would... More
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