Welcome to Ampleforth
Pax, ora et labora
A Way of Life
Seeking God in Community
We believe the wisdom of St Benedict can apply to a school community as well as a monastic one, while the connection between the two provides an education which includes, but goes beyond, academic excellence.
The tradition of hospitality is as old as the monastic life itself and today we welcome several thousand people each year – believers, non-believers and members of other faiths, of all nationalities, ages and backgrounds. This tranquil place is not for our benefit alone.
We serve eleven parishes across four dioceses. We provide chaplaincy for prisons and schools and serve in hospices. Every year we also lead a group of pilgrims to Lourdes where we are on hand to provide spiritual support for all who take part in the pilgrimage.
In 1996 we answered a call from the Bishops of Zimbabwe to found a monastery. Today, the Monastery of Christ the Word at Macheke offers an oasis in this troubled country where priests and Zimbabweans from every walk of life can find spiritual renewal.
Visit the Ampleforth Abbey website below to learn more about our way of life.
It is not enough that our children learn, but that they want to learn
You discover the best of yourself by helping others
It is not so much about all-rounders as about all-round excellence
Education is change, transformation
Visit our school websites to learn more.
Click here to learn more about the Ampleforth Society including events for Old Amplefordians, parents and friends. We look forward to seeing you soon.- Old Amplefordians -
Click here to learn more about efforts to secure the future of Ampleforth Abbey & College for generations to come.- Our Journey -
Opening Our Doors
Come and See
“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed like Christ”
Rule of St Benedict Chapter 53:1
Abbey Church and Visitor Centre
The Abbey Shop offers a wonderful selection of items, from the spiritual and devotional, to giftware, greetings cards and souvenirs. Our own Ampleforth Produce is available to purchase too, including the award-winning Abbey Cider, Beer and Liqueurs.Online Shop
Take some time out to discover our Abbey Tea Room with its delicious light meals and freshly baked scones and cakes. Furnished with Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson tables and chairs, the Tea Room offers a wonderfully calm setting for morning coffee, relaxed lunches and afternoon tea.