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Ampleforth Abbey

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Address: Ampleforth YO62 4EY, England
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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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Cycling at Ampleforth Abbey

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bellerby, United Kingdom
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Bellerby, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 bit more adventurous a hybrid bicycle might be better. Ideal for children if you take... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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

York, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 into it, Robert mousey Thompson furniture, we think? The architecture is amazing and it is... More 

Thank Sla40
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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 Robert Thompson's finest work. 'Church Mouse Tours' which include a tour of the library are... More 

Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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
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Many thanks for your kind words - we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour and will pass on your thanks to Fr Christopher. More 

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Reviewed 3 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. The grounds are vast with designated walks ranging from 5k upwards. Lots of parking space... More 

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

Darlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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.

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Thank you very much for sharing your experience. More 

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44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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. If you are interested in history you will be fascinated. The chapel is worth seeing... More 

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

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136 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

The visitor centre, the tea rooms, the crypt, the grounds in fact every part of the estate is worth visiting. A truly beautiful and calm place to go. It's history is very interesting. It's cider brandy is amazing. We will return to explore the walks and spend quality time there. This is a place everyone can enjoy.

Thank Margaret W
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Thank you for your lovely account of your visit. More 

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