Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens

Things to See and Do

The priory ruins at Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens

Unique medieval priory

Discover the most complete surviving Carthusian monastery in Britain. Founded in the late 14th century, you can still see remains of all the priory buildings today.

Take a walk around the typically small church with its striking surviving tower, explore the great cloister and don't miss the reconstructed monk's cell.

It's the strict Carthusian lifestyle that made the layout of Mount Grace Priory so unique. The priory was created so that each monk could live in solitude.

Reconstructed monk's cell

Step inside the modest recreated monk's cell and see the rooms where a Carthusian monk was expected to live and work. On your way in, look out for the L-shaped hatch which was used to deliver food and other essentials without any need to communicate.

Be sure to explore the newly re-planted monk's cell garden full of herbs, vegetables and flowers. Based on extensive research, the garden reflects how the monks would have used this multi-functioning space. Pick up a planting guide inside the cell to find out more about the plant varieties and their uses.

The drawing room at Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens

The manor house

Wander the rooms, hallways and attics of the Arts and Crafts manor house. Enjoy eclectic interiors where William Morris' designs complement original medieval and restored 17th century features. Stop by the drawing room to see an original William Morris carpet.

The manor house building was originally the priory guest house. It was converted into a home in the 17th century and then extended and refurbished in the Arts and Crafts style at the end of the 19th century by Sir Lowthian Bell.

Head to the first floor to delve into the history of Mount Grace, from the medieval monks through to the Bell family.

A view of the terraces which have recently been redesigned by Chris Beardshaw

Glorious gardens

Explore 13 acres of newly rejuvenated Arts and Crafts gardens. Roam the room-like spaces of the terraces and dell garden, with borders redesigned by award winning gardener Chris Beardshaw.

Discover year-round seasonal spectacles with bluebells in spring, the scent of eglantyne roses filling the air in summer, the bright red of the Japanese Acers in autumn, and snowdrops in winter. Pick up a seasonal leaflet from admissions for more highlights.

Venture further into the meadows and orchard, which is planted with traditional Yorkshire varieties of apple trees. Then follow mown paths across the pasture to spot birds on the lake.

The Orchard Café

Sit back and enjoy views of the orchard as you tuck into locally sourced food. Dig into hot, hearty meals inspired by traditional Yorkshire dishes and the history of the priory. 

There are lighter options too with soups, sandwiches and sweet treats to enjoy along with a hot or a cool drink. We recommend trying our original dish, the 'yoastie' (a Yorkshire pudding toastie), for a truly local taste sensation. Children's options and high chairs are available.

And if you're an outdoor type that's no problem - we've got covered seating and a picnic area for you to use. The café is also open to peckish passers-by.

Family fun

Grab an explorer pack on entry and head out on a garden adventure with Sammy the stoat, then discover the priory with Brother Nicholas. You'll find a handy magnifying glass, binoculars, and a spotter's guide inside to help you get to grips with wildlife in the gardens.

Keep your eyes peeled for family-friendly plant markers in the monk's cell garden and find out how the monks would have used the different herbs and flowers.

Big and little kids alike will enjoy looking out for our cheeky illustrated stoat, who is just waiting to be spotted hiding on benches and signs. You might even learn a thing or two about these crafty little creatures as you go.

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