Services in the Abbey Church

Easter at Ampleforth

Visitors are welcome to join the monks for Office in the Abbey Church - click here for the daily service times.

The best entrance is from the North Transept, via the Narthex. If you wish to join the singing, we would ask you do so softly and follow the pace set by the monks. With the exception of Matins, all the Offices are usually sung, the cantors alternating with the choir.

Visitors are asked to arrive no earlier than five minutes before the start of an Office and to take their place in Choir quietly – the stalls nearest the High Altar are for guests. At the end of an Office, please allow the monks to leave first.

Visitors are asked to follow the Community’s movements of kneeling, standing and sitting, but without the obligation of participating in the more complex rubrics of turning and bowing. Each guest will find the Office books in the stalls.

Ampleforth Abbey Church

The Abbey Church is open to all our visitors and guided tours are available every Thursday afternoon at 2:15pm.  Visitors can look around at their own free will outside of service times and all guests are welcome to join the monastic community for services in the Abbey. Please click here to view service times. 

Abbey Church Tour

The Ampleforth Abbey Church is a major work by the distinguished 20th century architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott OM.  Replacing a mid-19th century church by Charles Hansom, it was built in two phases.  The earlier phase consisted of the retrochoir and high altar, built over a crypt and completed in 1922.  This is in the Romanesque style of Aquitaine, and is richly carved with blue Hornton stone dressings.  The crossing, transepts and nave were completed in 1961, to a simplified design, also by Scott. Notable furnishings also designed by Scott include the High Altar and the reredos in the Memorial Chapel. There is also much other later enrichment, notably a series of windows on a Marian theme by Patrick and John Reyntiens. 

If you would like to arrange a private group tour of the Abbey Church, please contact us on 01439 766897 or email  

Click here to read the history of the Community at Ampleforth.