Guisborough Priory
Guisborough Priory
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Jude C
    41 contributions
    What a magical place
    We visited the priory on a very misty and damp day, but still marvelled at its beauty. It did mean that we were pretty much the only ones there. The place has an incredible energy - including the gardens which have been lovingly and playfully designed. There are many of the original priory stones that have been laid to rest in the gardens, in beautiful patterns, now covered in a vivid green moss. The large ring of trees in the garden again feels full of energy, and evokes thoughts of rituals and tales gone by. The lady keeper of the gate was full of information and really friendly and told us that many of the ruins/stones were used within the town. I would thoroughly recommend a visit whatever the weather - stunning and rich in history ... and free!
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2020
  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom6,609 contributions
    Lovely walk through the trees and exploring the pretty gardens after seeing the priory ruins
    We were doing a fab little treasure trail around Guisborough, which finished at the war monument, just outside the entrance to Guisborough Priory. We had a couple of hours to spare and noticed that the Priory was free entry to decided to have a quick look around to take a few photos. We were really pleasantly surprised to discover a lovely little set of gardens! We explored the priory ruins, which didn't take very long at all, but then saw a little pathway going off into the woods... We followed this and just kept discovering more and more little areas in the gardens. It was so much fun to explore for us two adults, and kids would have great fun here I think. From majestic trees, pretty flowers, a fairy garden, bug house, wooden carvings, moss covered stones, jumping logs/stepping stones, benches etc etc. So much to see in the gardens. Considering entrance is free there is no excuse not to go! although donations are welcome as the gardens are only kept open and in such great condition by the hard work of volunteers.
    Written September 28, 2020
  • johnhouston2
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom4,651 contributions
    Splendid priory ruins in a lovely setting.
    It’s a wee while since we visited Guisborough but, as usual, we went for a stroll round the impressive ruins of the priory. The ruins themselves are well worth seeing, and the information boards give a fine idea of what the priory looked like when it was intact. But there is much more to enjoy here, and I’ve always liked the fact that locals almost treat the grounds as a town centre park where mums can chat while their children play on the wide, grassy area. There are also nice paths to stroll through the small woodland area and the gardens, which are very well maintained. I also like the way that, instead of leaving all the excess pieces of historic masonry in piles, or locked up in some storage facility, they have used them here to create rockeries and attractive designs throughout the grounds. It is very well done indeed and the garden staff and volunteers should be proud of what they have achieved.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2020
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scimitarss1
Chesterfield, United Kingdom110 contributions
Apr 2022
Beautiful scenic, peaceful spot. Gardens especially are a treat. Dog friendly (on leads), would be better with more information regarding the garden. The tour was fine, not detailed and would have benefitted if the guide was better informed, she had to keep consulting her notes, as not a big place suprised at this, however, she is a volunteer so did a reasonable job. They run separate tours of Priory and garden so this was disappointing as garden tours very few and far between, however, free entry and free tour, so what do you expect? Difficult to buy guide book etc as 'shed' was not staffed and no honesty box, I had to leave money on the desk, not great, that, but all in all a pleasant way to spend couple hours
Written April 21, 2022
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herefordliz
Hereford, UK5,358 contributions
Sep 2021
We arrived with 10 minutes to spare. Very lovely place, not much parking but we managed to find a space a street away. Well worth a visit although there isn't much to see, very friendly volunteer/member of staff. We didn't manage to see the gardens on this trip.
Written September 9, 2021
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Pauline B
Middlesbrough, UK27 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
I love guisborough priory,I was born in guisborough and when we lived in north gate my friends and myself used to go after school,we hoped we would see the black monk,one of my friends reckoned she did one day and was scared to death,we used to go through the tunnels go o
In and out of the priory ruins,even pinch a few apples and pears like kids do,all in all brilliant place to explore,I'm old now and got married in the big church next door in march1969 and moved over 40 yrs ago but guisborough will always be my home town,my parents are buried in the local cemetery and we visit there quite a lot,we often pop in to guisborough for a look round the market thurs and sat,nice places to eat try the fox in bow street,nice shops you will love guisborough ,
Written July 13, 2012
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Jonathan G
Reading, UK229 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Great walk good to visit. Well maintained. Very interesting. Not an amazing amount to see but good to see. The walk up from the woods through the long field was very nice. Worth the walk
Written April 24, 2019
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK4,987 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
I walked around the remains of this Priory which dates from 1119. One large wall and a gateway are the main survivors, but as it’s free and accessible from the town centre it is worth walking to see it.
Written December 6, 2018
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james4eva
Guisborough, UK204 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Another place I regularly take my children is Guisborough Priory. It’s a beautiful place and those into history and relics will love it.

The Priory arch is spectacular and the grounds are well kept. It’s lovely to have a picnic here on a nice day in a beautiful market town on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors.
Written September 14, 2018
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emloue
Redcar, UK282 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
A wonderful peace of Eden at the top of a bustling market town. Lots of green for the kids to run on. It is run by volunteers so only open Wednesday onwards at the moment and is currently free. There are some lovely volunteers on hand to give your dog some fresh water as well as answering questions and giving you some history.
We loved the secluded wooded area, some natural play things for the kids , shade from the sun. Next time we will take a picnic as tables are provided.
I think it is quite accessible and dogs on leaders. Quite a few benches to sit back and enjoy the serenity.
Written July 21, 2016
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anguss1
Erskine, UK94 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Guisborough Priory is in a pleasant enough setting, but there are not a lot of remains left to see. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it.
Written March 11, 2015
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helenap123
Newark-on-Trent, UK35 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
We were staying in the area and the weather was bad so we decided to wonder into the town. We came across a sign saying free on Wednesdays - so we made our way in as it was also the tourist information office. I met two retired gentleman manning the shop who were very informative and friendly. They made me feel very welcome and gave me a talk about the abbey. As this was our first experience of the town, it made a good impression on me . We are so lucky to have retired people give up there time for free. They told me it was shutting which will be very sad. Thanks guys for my history lesson.
Written January 15, 2015
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VickyS
Northallerton, UK90 contributions
Really disappointed that until we had parked and got to the entrance there was a small poster saying it is currently closed Monday and Tuesdays.
Very disappointed.
Written September 3, 2014
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