The ruins of a 14th-century priory, where monks lived in silence and were isolated as hermits within their own cells. It’s set in breathtakingly beautiful woodland surroundings, including a herb garden. Mount Grace was founded in 1398 by Thomas de Holland. The monks were given land, which they rented out to tenant farmers. At the height of their wealth, the income generated by the monks here was even greater than that of their Cistercian neighbours at Rievaulx Abbey. Yet the very success of the Carthusian communities contributed to their downfall. Henry VIII ordered them to be disbanded, and in 1539 Mount Grace Priory shut down.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Wheelchair loan, ramps, portable induction loop, handrails, disabled parking can be booked
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct-3 Nov, daily 10-5; 4 Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4 (last admission 30 mins before closing). 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.
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