Isleham Priory Church is the best example in England of a small Norman Benedictine priory church, surviving in a surprisingly unaltered state despite later conversion into a barn.
Read more about the history of the church.
Before You Go
Access: A 15cm high strip of wood across the chapel door makes access for some wheelchair users very difficult.
Opening Times: The priory is open any reasonable time during daylight hours. To view the chapel interior please contact the key keeper, Mrs R Burton, 18 Festival Road, Isleham, CB7 5SY, a five-minute walk from the priory.
Parking: There is on-street parking in front of the priory.
Facilities: There are no facilities at the chapel but it is in the village of Isleham where there are shops and pubs.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only.
Plan a Great Day Out
The prehistoric flint mines of Grime's Graves are within a half hour drive north east of the priory. This grassy lunar landscape of 400 pits was dug over 5,000 years ago, and today you can descend nine metres into one of the mine shafts to see the jet-black flint.
Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum is another former Benedictine foundation and is also half an hour's drive away from Isleham but to the west. Founded in 1159, it has been home to aged and infirm Knights Templars and to Franciscan nuns, and it was used as a farm from 1539 until the 1960s. All these changes are still traceable in the building. The neighbouring Farmland Museum tells the story of Cambridgeshire rural life.
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.
- 66% Self-generated income
- 20% One off capital grant
- 14% Government funding