The spectacular east window of the ruined priory still stands to its full height of nearly 71 feet, gazing out across farmland. A priory was founded here in 1119 for the Augustinian order by Robert de Brus, a relative of the Scottish King Robert the Bruce. Today, the gatehouse is the only part of the original building left standing, thanks partly to a fire in 1289 and then the destruction wrought during the Dissolution in 1540. The Chaloner family bought the site in 1550 and still own it today, with English Heritage responsible for maintenance.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Apr-30 Oct, Wed-Sun 10-4; 31 Oct-Mar, Wed-Sun 10-3. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
Places to Stay
Restaurants and Pubs
Brockley Hall is a remarkable Gothic-style building close to the seafront. Boutique is the watchword here. The restaurant is a large space with a dark and opulent theme. The hotel is generally quirky but the restaurant draws its decor specifically...
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