The Shop and Tea Rooms

The Samye Ling Shop and Tibetan Tea Rooms are open regularly, particularly during the summer months.   

During the winter months, the Tibetan Tea Rooms may be closed, however visitors are welcome to make themselves a cup of tea in Johnstone House.  If you're visiting with a large group, let us know so we can make arrangements for you. 

The Samye Ling shop has reduced hours in winter but if it's closed when you visit, just let reception know and we'll open it for you where possible between 9am and 4pm.

Samye Ling Shop


The Samye Ling shop has an extensive range of books, texts, ritual objects and a wide range of gifts and souvenirs. Many of our goods are imported from Nepal as well as made locally.

Large groups are recommended to let us know in advance, especially if you wish to visit the shop around lunchtime.

Opening Hours are 9.30 - 12.20 and 13.30 - 16.00 every day except Wednesdays when it opens 13.30 - 1600.

Tel: +44 (0)13873 73337
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The Tibetan Tea Rooms

The warm, inviting atmosphere of the Tibetan Tea Rooms with its traditional decor provides a comfortable place to relax. It is open daily from 9.30 to 16.00 and also from 20.00 until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday evenings, serving a range of beverages and snacks.  Depending on availability of staff, the Tea Rooms may close for lunch between 12.15 and 13.30.

Large groups are recommended to let us know in advance so we can be sure to provide the service you require.

Telephone number: 013873 73758
Opening times of both Shop and Tea Rooms are subject to change, depending on other Monastery commitments and teachings. We thank you for your understanding.

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