Services in the Abbey Church

Easter at Ampleforth

Abbey Church

The Abbey Church is open to visitors every day.

Find out how and when you can join us in prayer on our Service Times page.

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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. 

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