BEFORE YOU GO
What To See
How to find us
Photography (and the use of drones)
Groups and School Visits
In 2023 you can visit us from the 1st March to the 5th November inclusive.
Our normal opening hours are:
10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Admission is free, but children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times
Dogs are welcome provided that they remain on a lead.
WHAT TO SEE
Gisborough Priory is an English Heritage site managed by Gisborough Priory Project. The site consists of the ruins of the medieval Priory and also the Woodland Garden, which was once the formal gardens of Gisborough Hall.
We have a leaflet with a map of the site, highlighting points of interest, which you are welcome to download to help guide you around the site when you visit us.
We also have an English Heritage Guide Book, priced at £4.00, which you can buy from the custodian. It has an excellent self-guided tour in it and we would strongly recommend it.
The medieval Priory consists of the magnificent East End, dating from 1300, along with the west cloister range and a gatehouse dating from around 1180.
The Woodland Garden is an integral part of our work on the site which you are also welcome to explore. It can be found on the other side of the ruins and gives a fascinating insight into the many ways the Chaloner family have used the gardens over the years.
You can see evidence of formal landscape gardening, kitchen gardening and the subsequent abandonment, which we are still trying to overcome.
We have used some of the borders to give some suggestion of what the gardens might have looked like in their various manifestations. Look out for a Georgian theme and a Kitchen Garden theme amongst others. If you find our Medieval themed borders as well then you will have explored the site very thoroughly!
The early spring brings snowdrops in the Monk’s Walk, followed a little later by the scent of wild garlic. We often have a special early opening day to see the snowdrops which is very popular.
Later on the fruit trees and roses come to the fore, but the Garden is a haven of peace and tranquility at any time of the year, and a good place to spot the local wildlife.
There is always a custodian on duty, who will very readily help you with any questions you have during your visit.
Access: There is limited accessibility for wheelchairs. The entrance is quite narrow (1.24m or 4 feet) and has a couple of small steps, although we do put rubber mats down to help wheelchairs and pushchairs. Please contact us for more information on accessibility.
Food and drink: We do not sell refreshments of any kind, but there are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby in Guisborough.
Alternatively you are very welcome to bring your own picnic, takeaway or coffee. The Woodland Garden has a picnic area, although picnics on the grass in the ruins are just as welcome, and there are plenty of benches, both in the Garden and around the Priory. We even have rubbish bins.
Toilets: There is a composting toilet in the south-west corner of the Woodland Garden. Public toilets are also available in the car parks on Northgate and Fountain Street, both around a five minute walk from the priory.
HOW TO FIND US
Gisborough Priory is at the east end of Westgate, the town’s main street, beside St Nicholas Church.
Postcode : TS14 6HG
Latitude : 54.535922 Longtitude : -1.045895
Bus: Arriva services 5, 5A, 5B, 81, 93 and X93 to Guisborough town centre, 5 minutes walk. Arriva service 28 actually passes by Gisborough Priory.
Train: Nearest station is Marske, 4.5 miles away
Bicycle: Guisborough is on Route 168 of The National Cycle Network
Although there is no parking on site there are several pay and display car parks around Guisborough town centre. The main car park (Fountain Street) is about 500 metres from the Priory. A small car park (Church Square), convenient for disabled visitors, is 10 metres from the gate but there is a charge and it is often full. Most car parks are free on Sundays. The closest car parks to the Priory are Church Square, Northgate and Walker’s Row.
On Saturdays and Sundays the car park behind Belmont House (the former council offices on Rectory Lane), and the car park at Walker’s Row are both free. Belmont House is closer to the town centre but Walker’s Row is closer to the Priory.
Many car parks in the town offer two hours free parking, but a ticket needs to be obtained from the machine.
Please note, parking information is given in good faith, but you should always check the restrictions for yourself before leaving your vehicle.
A parking disc scheme allows two hours’ free parking on Westgate – discs are available from Sunnyfield House on Westgate (the main shopping street).
For coach and minibus parking, please contact Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
PHOTOGRAPHY & DRONES
You are, of course, very welcome to take as many photographs as you wish when you visit us, provided it is for your own use or to upload to social media.
Wedding photography, either amateur or professional, must be booked in advance. Contact enquiries@GisboroughPrioryProject.org.uk for more information.
All commercial photography, including weddings and special events, must also be booked in advance. You can email enquiries@GisboroughPrioryProject.org.uk for more information.
Drones and filming are not permitted unless the relevant forms, available from English Heritage have been completed. Contact enquiries@GisboroughPrioryProject.org.uk for more information.
SCHOOL & GROUP VISITS
Schools and groups are also welcome to visit us by arrangement. Contact enquiries@GisboroughPrioryProject.org.uk for more information.