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Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth AbbeyAmpleforth Abbey

Ampleforth has been home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1802.

The Abbey church is the centre of monastic life and everyone is welcome to join the Community for Mass and the Divine office. At other times the Abbey church is open to visitors who might like to simply look around. Guided tours are available every Thursday at 2.15pm or group bookings can be made by appointment.

Explore the beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands or join a behind the scenes tour of the Abbey's orchards and Cider Mill to see how Ampleforth Abbey’s famous cider and cider brandy is made.

Take advantage of the extensive sports facilities including golf, swimming and an outdoor training centre.

For rest and relaxation enjoy a refreshing cup of tea in the Tea Room. Try a slice of delicious apple cake made with apples from the orchard.

The visitor centre tells the Ampleforth story and the day-to-day life of the community with display panels, audio pieces and a film, plus a mouse hunt for younger children.


All of the facilities at Ampleforth Abbey are fully accessible. Accessible toilets are located underneath the main hall.

A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available in front of the Monastery. All spaces are tarmac.

Due to the nature of the Abbey estate there are a lot of steps and slopes. Wheelchair access is available throughout, but please be mindful that the estate is built into the hillside.

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