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What is Ammerdown?

Ammerdown is a residential centre with facilities for study, personal formation and group development. It also provides a setting for the development of a spirituality or lifestyle. The centre was opened in 1973. The Governing Body is predominantly Christian, but includes members of other religious communities. The primary purpose of Ammerdown is the promotion of reconciliation and peace, particularly for those who live or work in areas of social and religious conflict.


There are four double and thirty two single study bedrooms with hot and cold water in all rooms. The main rooms include a lecture hall, four group rooms, common room and bar and dining room. There is a chapel for worship.

The House Of Prayer

Two self-contained flatlets provide an opportunity for individuals to spend a time apart in quiet reflection or in private retreat. A member of the Ammerdown team is available for advice and guidance if desired. Further details on request.

The Peace Cottage

In the autumn of 1988 Ammerdown opened a cottage in which groups of people, especially young women and men with their leaders, are welcome an a day or short residential basis for prayer, study, relaxation and personal growth. Groups of up to seventeen people can be accomodated. The cottage is self-catering, but full board is also available.

The Annexe

Day groups can be accomodated in the old Dove Cote, a beautiful renovated facility which takes about 20 people. Provided there is room, day groups may take lunch in the main dining room. For retreat groups the Chapel is also available.


The Governing Body and the staff team are fully ecumenical. The Director of the Centre is an experienced educationalist and lecturer who is also an Anglican priest. Working with him is a small resident community of Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, a Roman Catholic order involved in ecumenism. Their special task is to promote dialogue between Jews and Christians, but they have a profound concern for human relationships everywhere and for the needs of minority groups. The work of this centre has a special appeal for them. Two volunteers also live and work in the Centre. This staff group, along with other team members, works together in a spirit of community to promote the aims of the centre.


Ammerdown is set in Ammerdown Park, one and a half miles south of Radstock. It lies in a square of land situated within the right angle of the A362 Frome to Radstock road and the B3139 to Wells. Access is from the latter road through the park gates, flanked by two gatehouses. The centre stands near to Lord Hylton's private residence. Some of the parkland and gardens are open to guests. The nearest main line station is Bath Spa. There is a bus station adjacent to the railway station in Bath and a regular bus service from there to Radstock. Guests can be met at the bus stop in Radstock if they telephone the centre.


All enquiries should be made to

The Ammerdown Centre
GB Radstock, Bath, BA3 5SW
Telephone: 01761 433 709 24hour answerphone
Telefax: 01761 433 094
Telephone: Guests 01761 433 708
Emergencies only 01761 432 756

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