The ruins of this priory in the Tees valley are dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th century church's east end, an outstanding example of early Gothic architecture.
One of the first Augustinian priories to be built in England, Gisborough was founded by the Bruce family, ancestors of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. The canons rebuilt their church no fewer than three times, and what survives gives us a tantalising glimpse of the priory's former riches.
Managed by Gisborough Priory Project.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm, between March and October.
Parking: Gisborough's main car park is 500 metres from the priory. A smaller car park for disabled visitors is 10 metres from the site's gate. There is a charge for both car parks. A parking disc scheme allows two hours' free parking on Westgate - discs are available from shops and the library. For coach and minibus parking, please contact Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
How to Find it: Gisborough Priory is at the east end of Westgate, the town's main street, beside St Nicholas Church.
Access: Limited accessibility for wheelchairs.
Facilities: There are plenty of places to eat and drink on Westage and around Gisborough. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet in the Priory Gardens, and other public toilets are available on Northgate, or in Rectory Lane. Both are around a five minute walk from the priory.
Venue Hire: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about venue hire.
Guided tours: Gisborough Priory Project is offering a free guided tour of the priory and woodland on Saturday 30th September, at 2pm and on Saturday 23rd October, for Guisborough Heritage Day, there will be a priory tours at 11am and 2pm and woodland tours at 11:30am and 1:30pm.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Mount Grace Priory is the only Carthusian monastery open to the public in England. Discover for yourself how the monks lived 600 years ago by exploring the reconstructed monk's cell. Mount Grace also boasts a shop selling snacks and cold drinks and is a great place for a picnic.
Whitby Abbey's haunting remains have a packed events programme and can be found just over 20 miles away. The site was once the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula and today there's still plenty to sink your teeth into.