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Finchale Priory

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Visit from camp site

Had a walk around the Abbey with the dog very interesting place and much larger than I had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Worthy of a visit

The priory is definitely worth a visit. It is free to visit the priory itself but they ask you to... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Lyndsay K
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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 english heritage caravan park the river motor home touring caravan ruined abbey lovely setting dog walkers small cafe stunning scenery cafe on site hidden gem henry viii free entry riverside walk nice walk well worth a visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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

1  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.

Thank Paul C
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

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

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.

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 13 August 2018

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.

2  Thank Vicky F
Reviewed 11 August 2018 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

2  Thank inoble
Reviewed 10 August 2018

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 10 August 2018

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

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Tom P
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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