Ampleforth Visitors

26 May 2018

Tours at Ampleforth Abbey

We offer a variety of Church and Orchard Tours on selected dates throughout the year, however if you would like to book a private group tour please contact us: tours@ampleforth.org.uk

Abbey Church Tours

Every Thursday at 2:30pm 

The starting point is in the main hall near reception. The tour begins at the commemoration site of the beginning of the Ampleforth Community history in 1802. It takes in the portrait of Cardinal Basil Hume, who was Abbot of Ampleforth between 1963 and 1976 and Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster between 1976 and 1999. It leads to the Abbey Church, the centre of the Community’s life and work where Divine Office is prayed five times per day.

The tour takes a maximum of one hour.

There is no charge for our open tour but we welcome donations to support the work of the Abbey and the Community.

Group tours can be arranged by appointment. If you would like more details please ring 01439 766486 or email Hospitality


Church Mouse Tours

Saturday 27th October 

The visit will include a tour of the Abbey followed by a visit to the school library for a tour of the beautiful Mouseman furniture.

The original college library of 1861 was first expanded in the 1920s when the Headmaster, Father Paul Nevill, commissioned Robert Thompson to furnish the library. In the next decades Thompson worked on further expansions and the library is reputed to be his greatest work.

The tour will end with afternoon tea.

Tours are priced at £17.00 per person and must be pre-booked.

Please contact us for future public tour dates and to book your place - tours@ampleforth.org.uk.


Orchard Tours

Dates for 2018

A tour of Ampleforth's historic orchards, with over 40 varieties of apples and their stunning blossom.  The tour includes a visit to the cider mill to see how our award-winning cider is made, where this is also an opportunity to taste our cider.

The tour costs £7.50pp and runs on the dates shown below. Guests are welcome to join us on the day for our tours subject to availability (maximum of 30 people per tour), but we recommend that you book in advance where possible to avoid disappointment. Tours start at 2:30pm at the Orchard and parking is available directly opposite.

Why not make a day of it and stop off in our Tea Room for some lunch before the tour? Click here to learn more.

Wednesday 2nd, 9th and 16th May
Wednesday 6th and 20th June 
Wednesday 4th and 18th July 
Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August 
Wednesday 5th and 19th September 
Wednesday 3rd and 24th October 

Private group tours are available for groups over 20 people.  

For all tour enquiries and bookings please contact Rachel Powell

tours@ampleforth.org.uk or telephone 01439 766085