Ampleforth Visitors

28 June 2017

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

From April to October we offer public tours of the Abbey Orchard on the second Wednesday of every month. Tours include produce sampling and lunch.  We also run Twilight Tours on selected Friday evenings which include a barbecue supper as well as produce tasting. Please see below for the specific dates and tours available.

Abbey Church Tours

Every Thursday at 2:15pm 

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 3rd June

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.


Blossom Tours

Wednesday 14th June at 10:30am

A tour of Ampleforth's historic orchards, with over 40 varieties of apples and their stunning blossom, led by our orchard manager.

The tour then includes a visit to the cider mill to see how our award winning cider is made, followed by a tasting session in the Windmill and then either lunch of soup, sandwiches and apple cake (except 2:30pm tour in May which includes Afternoon Tea instead of lunch).

Tours cost £18.00 per person and must be pre-booked.



Apple Tours

Wednesday 12th July at 10:30am

Wednesday 9th August at 10:30am

Wednesday 13th September at 10:30am

Wednesday 11th October at 10:30am

A tour of Ampleforth's historic orchards, with over 40 varieties of apples, led by our orchard manager.

The tour then includes a visit to the cider mill to see how our award winning cider is made, followed by a tasting session in the Windmill with a lunch of soup, sandwiches and apple cake.

Tours cost £18.00 per person and must be pre-booked.



Twilight Tours

Friday 21st July at 6:30pm

Friday 18th August at 6:30pm

Join us for an evening tour of our apple orchard and cider mill to learn about our apple varieties and how our cider is made. The tour concludes with a trip to The Windmill, Ampleforth’s private pub, for a tasting session of our award winning produce and a barbecue supper. The bar at The Windmill will be open until 10:00pm.

£20.00 per person including tastings and supper.

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.


To book your place on any of the orchard tours, or for more information please contact Rachel Powell on:

01439 766085 or tours@ampleforth.org.uk