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Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
+44 1439 766000
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Peaceful and beautiful and no charge for visit

The Abbey is situated amongst very extensive grounds with beautiful buildings and gardens. There... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Jackie M
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Cycling at Ampleforth Abbey

We went to the Abbey to cycle and found it a very pleasant experience. Miles of off road cycling... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Bellerby, 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
+44 1439 766000
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

The Abbey is situated amongst very extensive grounds with beautiful buildings and gardens. There is a small display in three rooms giving the history of the Abbey and details of the daily life Benadictine Monks who live there. Further round there is an excellent tea...More

1  Thank Jackie M
Management response:Responded 17 July 2017

Thank you so much for the lovely account of your recent visit.

Reviewed 7 May 2017

We went to the Abbey to cycle and found it a very pleasant experience. Miles of off road cycling along tarmac roads and through the woods on bridleways. We found our road bikes suitable for this activity but perhaps if you wanted to be a...More

1  Thank 521barbaraj
Management response:Responded 17 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review and delighted to hear you enjoyed cycling through the grounds here at Ampleforth.

Reviewed 30 April 2017

Went here this week and it is so peaceful. The people were all very friendly, restaurant good and some nice walks for the dogs. The whole site is beautiful and well cared for. Highly recommended

Thank Stephen N
Management response:Responded 17 July 2017

So pleased you enjoyed your visit to our peaceful valley and thank you for the lovely review - we do hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 26 April 2017

A very interesting place to visit. I was taken to one side by a monk who offers me some wine at a knock off price.He also had a stash of local honey.Well worth the visit.

Thank danny00772017
Reviewed 22 April 2017

The abbey has got a wonderful history. The garden were wonderful. Visitor centre was good.The tour on a Thursday was fine.

Thank footies
Management response:Responded 28 April 2017

We're pleased you enjoyed your visit - thank you very much for your review.

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Visited here over Easter. Such a tranquil place with stunning views. What a beautiful setting for contemplation. There are nature walks to keep the children interested and a mouse hunt. In fact, go into the tea rooms and the furniture all has a mouse carved...More

Thank Sla40
Management response:Responded 28 April 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. You are correct that the Tea Room is furnished with 'Mouseman' furniture - well spotted! Indeed the pews in the Abbey Church are also Mouseman, as is the school library which is reputed to be...More

Reviewed 15 April 2017

Was here April 7-11 for and it was a wonderful experience. A privilege to join the monks for mass and office. A lovely tour of the abbey with Fr Christopher. Thank you for your welcome, hospitality and inspiration.

Thank Andrew B
Management response:Responded 28 April 2017

Many thanks for your kind words - we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour and will pass on your thanks to Fr Christopher.

Reviewed 4 April 2017

We have called at this Restaurant twice for afternoon tea and found it to be not only the best value around, but a lovely selection of sandwiches and delicious cakes served by welcoming efficient staff. The Abbey and College is in the most spectacular setting....More

Thank 45Chrissie
Management response:Responded 28 April 2017

What a lovely review - thank you so much for your kind words!

Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

This is a really interesting , calm and historical place to visit. Visitors centre is informative and tea room is lovely. All free, donations are welcomed though.

Thank Reviewer75467
Management response:Responded 28 April 2017

Thank you very much for sharing your experience.

Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Would recommend a visit if in the area. There is no cost and completely free. The volunteer in the visitor centre was extremely welcoming and able to answer any questions. The visitor centre is a real source of information about the site and the area....More

Thank Thirskies
Management response:Responded 28 April 2017

We're delighted to learn that you enjoyed your visit and shall look forward to welcoming you again next time.

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Cynthia W
19 August 2016|
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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