For over 20 years, Ampleforth Abbey has been welcoming educational groups to visit the beautiful Abbey church, retreat facilities, grounds and surrounding area. We are a fully catered retreat and educational venue with chapel, indoor and outdoor activity spaces, newly refurbished accommodation, communal spaces, and quiet places for reflection.
History & Heritage
The Abbey Church and monastery offer a fascinating insight into a living monastic community. Founded in 1802, the Benedictine community at Ampleforth Abbey is the largest community of monks in the UK and remains faithful to the expectations of St Benedict, who said that no monastery is complete without guests.
The Abbey Church was designed by distinguished architect Gilbert Scott and is filled with furniture, sculpture and glass from skilled crafts people.
In our Visitor Centre, groups can be inspired and intrigued by the turbulent history of the English Benedictine order, and how they came to settle in Ampleforth.
The Ampleforth valley covers 1,600 acres of lakes and woodland and makes the perfect natural classroom. Go on an adventure and discover the wealth of wildlife on your doorstep in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Or simply play games on the magnificent lawns.
The Perfect Base
Conveniently located within easy travelling distance of the city of York, the Yorkshire coast and on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park – Ampleforth Abbey makes the perfect base for groups wishing to explore the local area. The newly refurbished group accommodation offers a mix of dormitory and en-suite leaders’ rooms. Accessible rooms are also available.
Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking
Conference Facilities, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,
Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,