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“Tranquil setting”
Review of Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Rothbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The beautiful 12th century church of the Augustinian priory of Brinkburn survives completely roofed and restored. Picturesquely set by a bend in the River Coquet, it is reached by a scenic ten minute walk from the car park. Parts of the monastic buildings are incorporated into the elegant adjacent manor house. Brinkburn Priory's doors will be open to visitors from Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays from the 1 April - 30 September 2014. Don't Miss Scenic views of the river Coquet The wonderfully restored 12th century church The beautiful grounds and elegant manor house
Reviewed 17 August 2013

This old priory is set by the banks of the Coquet surrounded by well kept lawns with a peaceful atmosphere. The stained glass windows and the old graves set into the floor create a feeling that the monks are still there.Although not a lot to see it is still worth a visit and cost of admission was only £3.20 (concession) with free parking.

Thank alan h
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

A great little place to visit for an hour, beautifully preserved priory. very interesting and unusually situated at the bottom of a fairly steep slope, away from the crowds. the staff were really helpful.

Thank Jpreston27
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Having had a thorough look around we sat for an hour or more in the grounds enjoying the peace and tranquillity. We wish we had taken a picnic.

Thank Val M
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I have been privileged to visit this historic site over several years, including attending several concerts in the church.

This site is run and maintained by English Heritage - Admission £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for 5-15 year olds. It is easy to find on the B6344 from Weldon Bridge to Rothbury, and is well signposted. There is a car park at the top of a gentle hill, and a five minute stroll down a leafy lane brings you to the north door of the 12th century Augustinian priory church (disabled badge holders can drive down to the grounds). This church is wonderfully preserved, and has a superb atmosphere of calm and contemplation. There are informative plaques inside to guide your view of the various statues and memorials, and of the remains around the church of the other priory buildings.

A few yards away is the manor house which continues to be renovated by EH. This is also an interesting building with appropriate information on display, and provides a glimpse into a lifestyle that virtually died out between the world wars.

There is a pleasant lawn area (formerly a grass tennis court) to sit or picnic in with some seats provided and excellent views of the river Coquet chuckling past.

There is plenty to occupy a few pleasant hours, even for energetic children. I would suggest that it is at its best on a good warm day, and that as there is no on-site catering, you should bring a picnic, or plan to visit The Anglers Arms at Weldon Bridge or the various cafes etc, in nearby Rothbury. Even more magical is to attend one of the many concerts in the summer months which range from amateur folk to professional classical.

I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are anywhere near the area.

1  Thank Richard L
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Brinkburn is a little gem.
At present the Rothbury road is out so some travellers may find access difficult, but if you are coming from the east there is no problem.
The location (near the river) is pretty. It is difficult to say exactly why the priory appeals. Perhaps the semi-ruined state. Certainly location.
Don't rush the visit. Pack a snack in your pocket and sit down somewhere to enjoy the place. You can hear history here.

1  Thank Stephen B
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