A Day in the Life

Ampleforth Abbey is a place of nourishing presence, and a site of continuous prayer since 1802. As you are welcomed into this remarkable history, we invite you to become part of the rhythm of life here, in whatever way serves you best.

Monks in front of the Abbey church.


Services and times of prayer continue to run as they have for centuries, and you can find the schedule below.

Service times

Without obligation, you are welcome to attend any services during your stay, and there will be members of the community on hand to show you where to go and what to do. You will be provided with service sheets and books to guide you through each service. 


Meals are served at the same time each day, around service times.  

Breakfast: From 7.30am

Lunch: 1.15pm

Supper: 6.30pm

All meals are served in the Newman Room in the Main Building, and dietary needs can be catered for.

Activities and Retreat Sessions

For those on individual retreats, your time with us is your own to spend as you wish, and there is plenty to be found to do on site and in the surrounding areas.

If you are attending an organised retreat, there will be planned sessions throughout the day, and you will receive a timetable upon your arrival. 

Currently, the site tearoom and visitor centre are closed, however our Hospitality team can assist with any activities you might want to explore within the wider area during your stay.

NEW FOR 2022: We are delighted to be able to offer guided and meditative walks through the beautiful Ampleforth valley. These run throughout the week, and our Hospitality team can tell you more.

For all bookings and enquiries, please contact our Hospitality team at hospitality@ampleforth.org.uk or 01439 766087