We love it when people visit us in the orchard and talk about cider, or tell us about that old apple tree they’ve had in their garden for years, or that time they tried to ferment some juice themselves and ended up drinking vinegar.
Our gate is always open to visitors during the week and you’re more than welcome to come and have a wander around and explore the orchard.
If you’d like a more in-depth look around, with a tour of the cider mill and talk by an experienced guide, plus a chance to sample our cider and juice, we run numerous organised visits throughout the year. Please see below for more details.
These consist of a guided walk and talk around the orchard and cider mill, giving an insight into our history and a look at the many varieties of apples we grow. This will be followed by a chance to sample some of our award-winning produce and an informal Q & A.
Public tours usually take place on the second Wednesday of every month, and on selected Saturdays from April to October.
Cost is £7.50 per person.
We can also offer private tours for groups (minimum 20 people).
With tea, coffee and homemade biscuits on arrival, your group will be welcomed by our experienced guide, who will tell you a little about our history before leading a guided walk of the orchard and cider mill. There will be chance to sample some of our award-winning produce and an informal Q & A.
This will be followed by lunch in the on-site Mouseman-furnished pub, The Windmill, and then groups will usually take some time to explore the Abbey, Visitor Centre and the Abbey Shop.
The day will usually follow the below format, although times can be adjusted to suit the groups' individual requirements:
11:00 - Arrive on site. Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits.
11:30 - Guided orchard and cider mill tour.
12:45- Lunch at the Windmill - Soup, Yorkshire tapas (range of local cheeses, meats, bread, and chutney), scones with Jam and Cream, tea and coffee. All are followed by tasting of our orchard produce and an opportunity to purchase everything you try.
14:15 - Time to visit the Abbey, Visitor Centre and Shop
16:00 - Depart
Cost is £20 per person.
Alternatively, If your group does not require lunch, we can offer the same tour with tea, coffee and homemade biscuits on arrival.
Cost is £10 per person.
Ampleforth Abbey Orchard is located on Aumit Lane, opposite to St Alban's Sports Centre (YO62 4HA).
Please note, although St Alban's Centre and the Orchard are open to the public, the grounds directly surrounding them are part of the school and consequentially are not.
Please follow all appropriate signage when on site.
We look forward to seeing you!
You can learn more about Ampleforth Abbey and what it has to offer visitors here.