Ampleforth Visitors

11 December 2017

Day Visits

We would be delighted to welcome your group to Ampleforth Abbey and we are happy to arrange a day to suit your needs. We can offer any of our Church or Orchard Tours for your private group – just get in touch to discuss your requirements.

For further information please contact reception on: 01439 766000 or email reception@ampleforth.org.uk



Group Refreshments

If you wish to make use of our Tea Room following an Abbey Tour or just as part of your day trip then we can offer pre-ordered refreshments.  


Please click here to download the group refreshments menu.




Abbey & Orchard Tours

We offer a range of tours of the Abbey Church and of the Apple Orchard & Cider Mill that run on specific dates throughout the year.  If you would like to book a private tour for your group on a date of your choice, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

For further information please contact our Lettings & Events team on: 01439 766897 or email tours@ampleforth.org.uk

Abbey Tour

Tours of the Abbey Church are generally led by a monk. The tour begins in the Main Hall, the site where the monastery and school began on 1802. It takes in the portrait of Cardinal Basil Hume , who was our Abbot and then Archbishop of Westminster from 1976 to 1999. It then leads to the magnificent Abbey Church, with its Mousey Thompson choir stalls. This is the centre of the Community's life and work where Divine Office is prayed five times every day.

Available all year at a cost of £3 per person

Church Mouse Tours

A tour of the Abbey as well as 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 1920's 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.

This tour will finish with afternoon tea.

Available during school holidays at £16.50 per person

Blossom or Apple Tour

You will receive a tour of our historic orchards led by  orchard manager Cameron Smith. With over 40 varieties of apples and set in 200 acres this is an impressive orchard. You will get a chance to come up close with the trees as well as learn how we maintain the orchards and encourage growth. Following this you will get a chance to visit the Cider Mill to see where the apples are pressed and the apple juice turns into cider.

This then leads down the Windmill (our very own pub) where you will enjoy samples of some of our produce and lunch of soup, sandwiches, apple cake and tea or coffee.

Available April to October at £17.50 per person.


Winter Warmer Tour

This tour will be based in the Windmill and will include an illustrated talk about the Abbey Orchard. Orchard Manager Cameron Smith will talk about the history of the orchard and Community and how it became to be the most northern commercial orchard.

Following this you will have a tasting session to sample our monastic produce and then enjoy lunch of soup, sandwiches, apple cake and tea or coffee.

Available February and March at £13.50 per person.