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Pleasant place to visit especially on a suuny day

A bit out of the way but well worth the visit , a very nice morning out ,large ruins next to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John B

This is a lovely place, like a mini Fountains Abbey although maybe slightly more intact. It would... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Remains of 13th century priory set in a bend of the river Wear and managed by English Heritage. The fee is actually a car park EXIT fee.
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Finchale Avenue, Durham DH1 5SH, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit out of the way but well worth the visit , a very nice morning out ,large ruins next to the river Wear with pleasant walks along the banks. Shop , café and wc on site , parking £3.00 for all day. Picnic beside...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely place, like a mini Fountains Abbey although maybe slightly more intact. It would have been great for explanations of the rooms but there was signs saying what things were. A guided tour would be really interesting. The grounds, river and walks...More

Thank Becca_Becs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place for a picnic. Plenty of green space whilst having the grounds to explore. Next to the river with a nice walk alongside the banks, makes for a nice day in the sun. Would be better if the priory had more...More

1  Thank LYPud
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good day out, walking around the ruins, a picnic in the grounds overlooking the river and a walk in the woods. Toilets clean. Small shop/cafe with drinks and ice lollies etc. £3 parking with barrier access.

Thank Diane H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Priory has the most beautiful and peaceful setting we have just spent a relaxing 3 hours there would have stayed longer if we had planned our visit better. We will definitely return. We enjoyed a coffee and tea at the cafe the only downside...More

Thank marjorie849
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful place to visit. Great if you love walking. We visit a few times during summer as its a beautiful walk and beautiful scenery

Thank Lisa1781
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed on a motor home pitch at this wonderful site. The site is in a stunning location next to the Abbey and the river with nice walks and scenery. The site is very clean and tidy and the hosts very friendly. Lots of day...More

Thank atay0264
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed on the caravan site here and had a good wander around . The location is amazing. The priory is awesome to walk around, there could be a bit more information about what your seeing and walking around. Tea shop there is nice and...More

Thank Paula L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Finchale Priory is 'on our doorstep' yet we hadn't visited in years until we chanced a visit in May and had such a lovely time we returned a few days later with all of the family. It is such a beautiful, tranquil and unspoilt place....More

Thank Audrey S
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Love this place, especially being local, but as with most English Heritage sites, find lacking in facts and info. More info points around the site would be great to understand the functions and visualise how the priory used to be and the fate of what...More

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Bob W
July 9, 2018|
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Response from godrica | Property representative |
Good evening We do serve food mainly snacks toaties hot dogs scones and most want to sit out side In the winter people use the cafe more when we have the log fire on