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Great dog friendly walk

Stayed on the campsite here with the added advantage of the priory and cafe on site along with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vicky F
Bakewell, United Kingdom
Captivating historic ruin in a pleasant location

A pretty ruined Abbey in a lovely riverside setting and FREE to enter (although parking is £3 for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leeds, 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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Reviewed yesterday 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.

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed on the campsite here with the added advantage of the priory and cafe on site along with great river walks. Very dog friendly and beautiful scenery.

1  Thank Vicky F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A pretty ruined Abbey in a lovely riverside setting and FREE to enter (although parking is £3 for as long as you want). There's a lot to explore and an ideal place for a picnic and a really good game of hide and seek. You...More

Thank inoble
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of our best experiences and we have been caravanning over 20 years. Adult only site. Owners very friendly and helpful. Showers and toilets spotless. Peaceful and cosy site, sat on top of the Abbey. What a lovely setting just wonderful. Lots of places to...More

1  Thank Jean L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a historic site, managed by English Heritage in a beautiful location alongside the banks of the River Wear. It is the ruins of a priory, that is well worth a look around if you are in the area, and you like things of...More

Thank PJsTips
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told to visit by the staff in our hotel. It’s beautiful. We love looking at historical buildings and this didn’t disappoint. A beautiful location and fabulous to look round

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The car park costs £3 which requires the purchas of a token for the exit barrier. The Priory is inaccessible for wheelchairs users, as are the woodland walks, due to the only access being via steps.

1  Thank david3b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in a great location, with lovely views of the Abbey, and nice river walks. A 20 minute cycle ride into Durham city. It would certainly be our preffered site to stay if we are back in Durham.

1  Thank Martin B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I happened to be in the area, visiting friends, and dropped in on the way home. It was early and a glorious morning. The ruins were beautiful, although not yet opened, so my opportunity to explore was limited. The riverside walk was very beautiful and...More

Thank Posysmum
godrica, Manager at Finchale Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry that you thought the 3 pound parking fee was expensive the grounds are very beautiful because we pay to have them maintained The toilets we provide have to be cleaned, we supply paper, soap and hand dyer the grass is for parking and has...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My 2 young children had a fantastic time exploring the ruins, which certainly sparked their vibrant imaginations. It was a beautiful day to stroll along the river and daddy enjoyed a cup of tea while his offspring enjoyed ice creams. It was a very pleasant...More

Thank Roger C
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Bob W
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Response from Lisa1781 | Reviewed this property |
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Trevor R
25 October 2017|
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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