History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Ampleforth is perhaps best known for its Abbey and College. The Abbey was established as a monastery for Benedictine monks in 1802, and is regularly open to visitors for tours. When the Abbey was founded the monks of Ampleforth Abbey also established a school, which is now known as Ampleforth College, a leading independent boarding school.
The village is served by a pair of traditional pubs; the White Horse and White Swan. The white Horse draws its name from the oversized likeness of a horse that was carved into the sloping hillside just west of the village.
The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it was called Ampreford, which means the ford of the sorrel plant.
Just 2 miles distant is Byland Abbey, while the more famous medieval monastery of Rievaulx Abbey is only 4 miles away.
Address: Ampleforth, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Photo Credit: Betty Longbottom, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Byland Abbey - 1.8 miles (Abbey)
Gilling Castle - 2 miles (Historic Building)
Duncombe Park - 3.2 miles (Garden)
Helmsley Castle - 3.9 miles (Castle)
Rievaulx Abbey - 4 miles (Abbey)
Rievaulx Terrace and Temples - 4 miles (Garden)
White Horse of Kilburn - 4.3 miles (Countryside)
Nunnington Hall - 5.8 miles (Historic Building)
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