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Finchale Priory

Finchale Avenue, Durham DH1 5SH, England
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Lovely family day out

Thoroughly enjoyed a picnic at Finchale Priory. It is a beautiful spot with lots of space for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
CJIOHJM
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Popped in on the way past

Came here on a beautiful day, the priory us somewhat run down but is quite interesting and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
tudgreen
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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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"
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"touring caravan"
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"ruined abbey"
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"hour walk"
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"nice tea shop"
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"shower block"
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"impressive ruins"
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"guinea fowl"
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"lovely setting"
in 7 reviews
"dog walkers"
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"small cafe"
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"playing hide and seek"
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"hidden gem"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a picnic at Finchale Priory. It is a beautiful spot with lots of space for picnics and plenty of paddling opportunities along the banks of the River Wear. Take £3 in change for parking as the land immediatley surrounding the priory is privately...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came here on a beautiful day, the priory us somewhat run down but is quite interesting and the countryside is beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped down to the Priory on Bank Holiday weekend and it was rammed. There were day trippers everywhere!! To be fair it’s a lovely spot on a bend in the river. The river is shallow and great for paddling. The ruins of the 13th century...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An ancient ruined Priory by a bend in the River Wear. The setting is beautiful and it's a splendid place for bird watching. Dogs on a lead on the Priory side of the footbridge. There's a nice locally run cafe with coffee scones ice cream...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Lovely location by the river, well maintained ruined abbey/priory. There is a small cafe on site. Also a caravan site.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I visited here while staying nearby, the site is well signposted from several approach roads and is easy to find. once there parking is not straightforward put a sign does say park on the grass so we did even though it seemed a bit muddy,...More

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godrica, General Manager at Finchale Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for this review The sign may say park on the grass but as the weather has been extreme surely this is when YOU have to make the decision of will I get off !! £3 parking fee is not excessive when the priory...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

First time on this site and found it to be a perfectly tranquil setting. it is clean and immaculate. the welcome was very friendly. sorry management but you made the favourite list we will be back. many thanks. Stewart and Trish C2

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Finchale priory are the ruins of St. Godric's Priory, set amid stunning woods, and riverside walks. There is a nearby play area for children and picnic area that we quite often use. A small shop sells ice-creams etc. The only drawback to this place is...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

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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godrica, Front Office Manager at Finchale Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thank you for your review I must admit that some dog owners are a bit Irresponsible but the majority are very good and do pick up and put their bags in to bins provided. This is nothing to do with Finchale Parking fee of £3...More

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Reviewed 14 February 2018 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

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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
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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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