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Finchale Priory

Finchale Avenue, Durham DH1 5SH, England
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Beautiful ruins

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
alisonjeanh
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
interesting ruin but beware of parking charges

I visited here while staying nearby, the site is well signposted from several approach roads and is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mmcquade
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“the river” (71 reviews)
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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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"shop on site"
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"hidden gem"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 March 7, 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 February 16, 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

1  Thank MacTraveller21
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godrica, Front Office Manager at Finchale Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 February 14, 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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Reviewed February 5, 2018

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 January 22, 2018

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 January 1, 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 December 9, 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

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Trevor R
October 25, 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
July 17, 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
May 9, 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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