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Finchale Priory

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Well worth a visit and stop off. To wander around the Priory and take pictures. Near to the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Excellent for all

A lovely place to visit down by the river for walking .nice little cafe and plenty of places for... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2019
Peter H
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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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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All reviews caravan park english heritage the river motor home ruined abbey small cafe on site lovely setting stunning scenery henry viii hidden gem well worth a visit beautiful place to visit free entry regular basis riverside walk nice walk lovely afternoon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit and stop off. To wander around the Priory and take pictures. Near to the river. We stayed about one hour. If gate locked go to shop and ask them to open. When we visited they had not opened the gate to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Passenger802811
Reviewed 6 January 2019

A lovely place to visit down by the river for walking .nice little cafe and plenty of places for the kids to play

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Peter H
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Paid a visit this Saturday, lucky for us it was a glorious winters day with lots of sunshine which made the priory look even more spectacular. Totally breathtaking in a beautiful riverside setting. Spent well over and hour here, on a warmer day you could...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Nanniedan
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

A beautiful location and very interesting ruins. Well worth a visit. Only cost £3 to park and have a look round. Lovely riverside walk across the bridge.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank sunnywood2018
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Had a walk around the Abbey with the dog very interesting place and much larger than I had originally thought, one other reviewer said there was no plan of the Abbey on display actually there is because I looked at it because I could not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnB10762
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The priory is definitely worth a visit. It is free to visit the priory itself but they ask you to pay £3 to park on site. You can walk about the ruins quite easily and there are information boards dotted around. Make sure you walk...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Lyndsay K
Reviewed 2 September 2018

This priory is in such a wonderful setting. We really enjoyed our visit and wished we had come long before now. It was great to see families enjoying theirselves.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brisca01
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Interesting Priory ruins with beautiful, short riverside and forest walks. Free entry but pay £3 to leave through the car barrier. Turn right over the bridge along a path through the the woods then back down the steps, which takes about 20 minutes. Or,left over...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank diabllo1
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Decided to visit the Priory however think the parking fee a little expensive and token machine not very clearly marked. Would have liked more information regarding the site i.e. plan of the priory explaining what each area was. Could be difficult to get in &...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank penjam
godrica, Manager at Finchale Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thank you for the review The caravan park is completely separate from the Priory and EH pay nothing towards the upkeep of the parking area but it is free. We have asked the constantly about more information to be provided around the site but the...More

Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

We love coming to finchale Abbey it's nice and quiet. Lovely surroundings. However the day we came around 10am the bin which is just over the bridge was full and the overflow was on the floor. Surely it should be clean on a regular basis.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christine C
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9 September 2018|
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Response from godrica | Property representative |
Good afternoon Tom around the car park area is all flat with good roads and 2 inclines the Priory is not suitable for wheel chair access. You can enjoy the beautiful views over looking the river and watching the local wild... More
Bob W
9 July 2018|
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Response from Lisa1781 | Reviewed this property |
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