Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey
4.5
Write a review
About
Ampleforth Abbey has been the home of a community of Benedictine monks for over 200 years. Whether you're visiting to discover magnificent architecture, to take a stroll in the rolling hills of our grounds, or to join the community for prayer in the Abbey Church, you are assured of a warm welcome here. Whilst our Tea Room, Abbey Shop and Visitor Centre are currently closed for an exciting redevelopment project, you can still explore the beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands in our grounds or enjoy our fantastic sports facilities including the Fitness Suite and 25m Swimming Pool at St Alban's Sports Centre. What's more, why not take a visit to our Cider Mill and Orchard to discover it's fascinating history and taste our award-winning cider. Admission to the Abbey and grounds is free and open to all, though we do welcome donations to support the work of the Abbey and the Benedictine Community.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

4.5
262 reviews
Excellent
192
Very good
58
Average
12
Poor
0
Terrible
0

DavidUK2010
York, UK206 contributions
Jun 2022
An interesting experience in a working Abbey. It looks very new even though over a hundred years old.

It was great to walk round an empty Abbey with no other person around. First time visitor and such remote area.
Written 19 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Martin C
Boston, UK171 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Returned to Ampleforth after the disappointment of closure through lockdown. Alternative location in the Windmill is very safe and a lovely spot. Great menu despite not having the famous apple cake. I enjoyed the fresh ploughman's platter and all other meals were mouth watering
Written 17 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your review. I'm so sorry the Apple Cake wasn't available when you visited. It is going to be a daily staple on our soon to be updated menu so should be available if you return. I'm so glad you all enjoyed your meals, it's always to lovely to hear good feedback.
Written 20 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rws67
Liverpool, UK29 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Lovely, unusual place and a perfect stop over for our coast 2 coast bike ride. Very good food and access to our own private bar. Most of all, excellent customer service from sophie who was exceptional.
Written 31 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

E A C
Newport Pagnell, UK105 contributions
Jul 2020
Whilst not being able to enter the Abbey, even just a walk around the surroundings are enough to inspire peace and a sense of well-being.
Written 27 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

T d
London, UK127 contributions
Mar 2020
The monks of Ampleforth Abbey have put a great deal of effort is remodelling the access to the visitor centre, Abbey Shop and Tea room (in the best North Yorkshire tradition).

This place is inspiring and charged with its 200-year history in “the valley”.

The Ampleforth honey and cider are both from the monastery orchards containing no less than 40 varieties of apples.

The Ampleforth craft beer is also a delight.

Everybody is so welcoming. Will return!
Written 11 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joseph H
Ossett, UK696 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited here for a couple of hours on a Monday afternoon. Extremely impressive from the outside as well as on the inside. Very helpful and chatty members of staff in both the Visitor Centre and the shop.
Definitely worth a visit, but not a huge amount of history or beauty on the inside of the Abbey itself.
Written 26 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

pappaQ_Lds
Wakefield, UK364 contributions
Dec 2019
Called here between Xmas and New Year and the grounds and the buildings are stunning in a fabulous location. Cafe and visitors centre were closed (understandable) however still glad we called and had a walk around the grounds as the backdrop of the college is beautiful. Everything is kept immaculate not a thing out of place or litter anywhere.
Will definately call again. Excellent experience cant wait to go back when fully open
Written 4 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David K
Poundbury, UK579 contributions
Dec 2019
Driving around Yorkshire on a christmas break came across this beautiful tranquil place. The abbey itself is stark but wonderful. A glimpse inside the tea rooms looked a lovely place too. The grounds are vast and I guess worth exploration if permitted. Just missed a service according to other visitors.
Written 30 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stephen G
UK627 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Whilst staying locally as part of a holiday we paid a family visit to this wonderful place . . .

We started at the visitors centre & where warmly greeted by Hugh, one of the volunteer guides. Hugh made us very welcome & with his calming manner explained the history of Ampleforth, The Abbey, the College & the immediate area which was very interesting indeed

Hugh invited us to the short 1pm prayer service at The Abbey, one of the several daily services the Abbeys Monks attend. As visitors & observers it was inspiring to witness such a service, with the Benedictine Monks chanting the order of service.

We also visited the Abbeys Cafe, like the Abbey the service& quality of the food was exceptional, we samples the home made cream scones & they where exceptional & very reasonably priced, the coffee was lovely too.

Parking & visiting is free, coffee shop & donations are optional, we will definitely be returning to see even more of this wonderful place 😃
Written 7 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sarah l
Doncaster, UK493 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We love to visit the Abbey a couple of times a year. Love it in the Autumn when the leaves are changing. A spectacle in itself. Lovely to walk around the grounds beyond the rugby pitches across from Gilling.
Just a memorable place to visit.
Written 30 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 260
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Ampleforth Abbey