Heritage Open Day

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A family event to celebrate the work of Gisborough Priory Project. There will be children’s creative crafts, a woodland garden trail and a creative garden tour. Refreshments will also be available.

Gisborough Priory was dissolved in 1540 and the whole estate was bought by the Chaloner family, who still own it. The Priory site became part of a landscaped garden which has changed hugely over time.

Gisborough Priory Project was formed 20 years ago to re-open the overgrown woodland next to the Priory. In 2004 we started to look after the Priory borders and later on we added a medieval physic garden, with plants known to have been used in the Middle Ages.

In 2007 we started work on the woodland garden and turned it from an impenetrable wilderness to a peaceful woodland garden open to the public.

2015 was the year we started we set up an agreement with English Heritage allowing us to run the site for them as a Free to Enter site.

To learn more about our story follow this link.

Join us to celebrate our achievements with an afternoon of family friendly activities.

What’s On

The Woodland Garden Trail which allows you to explore the garden at your own pace. It shows how we have changed the woodland from the almost impenetrable state it was in to the lovely spot it is today. It also gives you the chance to learn more about the history of the Chaloner gardens.

At the centre of the garden is the historic Monk’s Walk, a diamond shaped avenue of lime trees forming a cathedral of trees. There are also paths which wander around the garden and which show different periods in the garden’s history from 1700 to today.

Alternatively, there is a Guided Tour of the Priory and Woodland Garden. This will show how the gardens have developed. Here you will learn about the various designs over the centuries. This tour starts at 2:00 pm from the Visitor Hut by the Priory Entrance.

The creative children’s crafts all have a woodland theme and are suitable for all ages.

Refreshments, informative booklets and other items will be on sale.

No booking is required.


Most of the paths in the Priory grounds and in the woodland garden are accessible by wheelchair. However, the paths can get muddy and access can be difficult when there has been heavy rain. Some of the paths have tree roots and other tripping hazards and there are benches around the site.

Suggested accessible paths, steps and benches are shown on a free leaflet.

The information boards on the trail have large print. Disabled parking spaces are available in nearby car parks a few minutes walk from the Priory entrance.

Additional Information

There is a maximum of 15 people for the guided tour which takes about 1 hour. The trail allows you to explore the history of the gardens at your own pace.

The garden tour starts at 2.00 pm outside the visitor hut at the Priory entrance. The other activities are in the woodland garden, and are outside, so visitors should dress appropriately.

A First Aid kit for personal use is available.

Dogs on leads are welcome and children under 16 have to be accompanied by an adult.

You can find out more about other Heritage Open Day events from their website


10 Sep 2023


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Gisborough Priory & Woodland Garden
Church St, Guisborough
Gisborough Priory Project


Gisborough Priory Project
07391 351757