Finchale Priory

The remains of Finchale Priory from across the river.
The refectory undercroft at sunset.

Free Entry

Open 10am-5pm, daily, from April until October and 10am-4pm from October until March


Finchale Priory, Finchale Avenue, Framwellgate Moor, County Durham, DH1 5SH

Before You Go

On the banks of the River Wear, in a beautiful wooded setting, stand the extensive remains of Finchale Priory. It was founded in 1196 on the site of the hermitage of St Godric, a retired sailor and merchant, who settled here after a life of adventure and travel. The priory was an outpost of Durham Cathedral and functioned as a holiday retreat for the monks of Durham until its suppression in 1538.

The story of Finchale can be read in its surviving remains, from St Godric's original church and tomb through the 13th century priory and its later rebuilding.

Before You Go

Access: Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy.

Opening Times: Open 10am-5pm daily from April to October. From October to March Finchale is open from 10am-4pm. View details.

Parking: There is a charged car park on site, not managed by English Heritage.

Plan a Great Day Out

St Godric supposedly founded Finchale Priory and devoted himself to Christianity after a visit to Lindisfarne Priory, which is on Holy Island just under a two hour drive away.

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