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Finchale Priory

Finchale Avenue, Durham DH1 5SH, England
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Could be fantastic but spoilt by dogs and what they and their owners leave behind

It had been years since our last visit to Finchale Priory but since we had a couple of hours to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
MacTraveller21
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Newcastle upon Tyne
Great views.

Chilly Sunday morning stroll. Footpaths around the river were muddy and we didn't bring our walking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
keylu
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“caravan park” (17 reviews)
“the river” (70 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Finchale Avenue, Durham DH1 5SH, England
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"caravan park"
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"english heritage"
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"the river"
in 70 reviews
"motor home"
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"riverside walks"
in 8 reviews
"touring caravan"
in 3 reviews
"ruined abbey"
in 3 reviews
"guinea fowl"
in 3 reviews
"touring site"
in 2 reviews
"private road"
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"nice tea shop"
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"shower block"
in 2 reviews
"lovely tranquil setting"
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"impressive ruins"
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"natural beauty"
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"small cafe"
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"playing hide and seek"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It had been years since our last visit to Finchale Priory but since we had a couple of hours to spare with our grandson we dropped in to see how it looked in February. Our grandson loved it, threw sticks in the raging river ran...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chilly Sunday morning stroll. Footpaths around the river were muddy and we didn't bring our walking shoes so could not do the river walks. We did have a cuppa in the little cafe very nice. Lovely lady serving. Nice to be able to have a...More

Thank keylu
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my visiting Swedish friends and they really enjoyed the visit It was a lovely summers day with many people having a picnic by the river The cafe is small but very friendly with a lovely cuppa

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a very well maintained and open heritage site managed by english heritage, serviced by a cafe in the summer and a perfect place for a picnic and walk.

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Lovely adult's only site popular with dog owners plenty of choice of pitches some of them will require stacks which are available from the site. The Arinson retail park shopping centre is about 5 minutes up the road for anything you need. The area was...More

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

Off the usual tourist track, but this is a regular walk for locals and dog walkers. A beautiful river walk with the Abbey at the bottom, a great family walk, though may be a little tricky for wheelchairs to do the walk down the bank...More

Thank FlyingHamilton
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

This place is well worth a visit with plenty of history, my mum loved this place as a child and I can see why the setting is beautiful and autumn time looks lovely with the golden trees and set against the Abbey

1  Thank susanjohns999
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

This English Heritage ruin is set in private grounds. It costs £3 (pay on exit) and there is a small cafe. We went there for a quiet walk, and it was fairly quiet, and we saw several species of birds. I imagine it's a lot...More

1  Thank EssexGirllala
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We have just enjoyed a lovely weekend staying in the apartment which truly is home from home with thoughtful touches and a very genuine welcome. Our dogs loved the walks nearby along the river and we appreciated the easy access to Durham. We would definitely...More

Thank Claire H
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

What a seriously beautiful location to be alone with God! i have visited twice and there are some lovely walks around the Priory, along the riverside. Plenty of Parking. It was free when i went, excluding cost of parking. This is a lovely place to...More

2  Thank david221b
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Trevor R
25 October 2017|
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Response from julie t | Reviewed this property |
Hi, only small café that I know of but sure there are several pubs within 1-2 miles
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Jean D
17 July 2016|
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Response from godrica | Property representative |
Sorry just noticed this. If you are staying on the park or in the apartment we give you a code ir you are on site for the day it is £3. Regards Ann
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Tony T
8 May 2016|
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Response from rowley4493 |
Tony, I'm afraid your nearest Bus Stop to Finchale Priory Touring Park would mean a minimum of 35 minutes (walking fairly briskly) to the stop on Finchale Avenue, close to HMP Frankland. The service is run by Arriva North... More
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