The ruins of this priory in the Tees valley are dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th century church's east end, an outstanding example of early Gothic architecture.
One of the first Augustinian priories to be built in England, Gisborough was founded by the Bruce family, ancestors of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. The canons rebuilt their church no fewer than three times, and what survives gives us a tantalising glimpse of the priory's former riches.
Managed by Gisborough Priory Project.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Wednesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm, between March and November.
Parking: The main short stay car park 500 metres from the priory. A smaller short stay car park for disabled visitors 10 metres from the site's gate. Both car parks are free, with a two hour limit. There are also two further long stay car parks nearby for which there is a charge. All car parks have spaces for blue badge holders.
How to Find it: Gisborough Priory is at the east end of Westgate, the town's main street, beside St Nicholas Church.
Access: Limited accessibility for wheelchairs.
Facilities: There are plenty of places to eat and drink on Westage and around Gisborough. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet in the Priory Gardens, and other public toilets are available on Northgate, or in Rectory Lane. Both are around a five minute walk from the priory.
Guided tours: Free Guided Tours are run by the Gisborough Priory Project on Friday 3rd June (historic garden tour), Sundary 19th June (priory tour), and Thursday 17th July (historic garden tour). Further tours are being arranged.
Events: Jubilee Garden Fun Day, Saturday 4th June, 11am - 3:30pm; Teddy Bear's Picnic, Sundary 17th July, 1pm - 3:30pm.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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Plan a Great Day Out
Mount Grace Priory is the only Carthusian monastery open to the public in England. Discover for yourself how the monks lived 600 years ago by exploring the reconstructed monk's cell. Mount Grace also boasts a shop selling snacks and cold drinks and is a great place for a picnic.
Whitby Abbey's haunting remains have a packed events programme and can be found just over 20 miles away. The site was once the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula and today there's still plenty to sink your teeth into.