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image for Abbey item typeAmpleforth Abbey Orchard at Ampleforth Abbey

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Abbey Grounds

Abbey Grounds


Today more than 50 varieties are cultivated here using a variety of orchard techniques but all according to organic principles. A good part of the harvest is sold to merchants, shops and customers calling at the gate.

Another part is used to make the famous cider and cider brandy. At blossom time (end of May, early June) the orchard enchants with its scented sea of white and pinks, and in autumn at harvest time red cheeked apples indicate their wish to be picked.

Because most trees are deliberately grown quite small, many principles of fruit tree growing can easily be shown making a visit of gardening clubs particularly worthwhile.

After the educational tour of the orchard its fruit can be sampled in the Tea Room of the Abbey or purchased in the Abbey Shop.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Visitors are welcome to use the Abbey Tea Room, The Abbey Bookshop, Golf Course, St Albans Sports Centre, Lakes and our Visitor Centre in summer 2011.

Opening details

During harvest time (August to December) the orchard is usually open on Monday and Friday from 14.30 - 16.00. Special arrangements for individual or group visits can be made.
The Cider Mill is open Tuesday and Wednesday 14:30 to 16:00

Tea Room opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.30
Sunday 12:00 17:30

Abbey Shop opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 16.30. The shop is also open on Sundays from 11.00 - 12.00.

Juicing Co-Op for local apples is open in the Cider Mill. Please ring for details.


No entry charge, but donations welcome.


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See location of Ampleforth Abbey on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 598788  Lat: 54.20147 Long: -1.08478

By Road:
From Thirsk take the A170 towards Scarborough and Helmsley going up Sutton Bank. Just before Helmsley at park gates turn right on to the B1257 at Sproxton. Then take the first right to Ampleforth.
At the T junction turn sharp left to the Abbey and follow signs. From York take the B1363 crossing the northern ring road and signed to Sutton-on-the-Forest and Helmsley. At Brandsby village turn left following sign to Yearsley and Ampleforth. At the T juncton in
Ampleforth village turn right onto the road to Oswaldkirk. Half a mile outside Ampleforth you can see the Abbey on your right. From thereon follow the signs.

Stephenson's buses also run a daily timetable from York, Helmsley and Easingwold.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 15 miles from Thirsk station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Visitors are welcome to use the Abbey Tea Room, The Abbey Bookshop, Golf Course, St Albans Sports Centre, Lakes and our Visitor Centre in summer 2011.