Monk Bretton Priory

General View of Monk Bretton
The Prior's Chamber at Monk Bretton Priory
Monk Bretton Priory at Dusk

Free Entry

Open 10am- 3pm daily. Closed 24-26 December and 1 January


Abbey Lane, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 5QD

Before You Go

On the edge of Barnsley stand the substantial remains of Monk Bretton Priory, a Cluniac monastery founded in the 12th century. Today visitors can see the unusually well-marked ground plan, the almost complete west range and the 15th century gatehouse.

Read more about the history of the priory.

Before You Go

Opening Times: 10am - 3pm daily, closed 24-26 December and 1 January. View details.

Parking: There is limited space for parking at the site. 

Facilities: Nearby Brodsworth Hall has toilets, a shop and a tearoom.

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Plan a Great Day Out

Beautiful Brodsworth Hall is a 20 minute drive away from Monk Bretton. In addition to the fascinating hall and the restored Victorian gardens, the site boasts a lovely tearoom, serving up food created from the best locally sourced ingredients.  There is also a play area for children.


The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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