Finchale Priory

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Finchale Priory

Finchale Priory, three miles North East of Durham, is a wonderful peaceful spot that can be found fifteen minutes away from Durham city centre. The priory is a fantastic location for a woodland walk, along the banks of the river with the goal of arriving at the peaceful and restful Finchale Priory. The Priory provides a fantastic place for paddling in the River Wear or for picnicking. Having started as a hermitage and eventually becoming the home of St. Godric – a incredibly long-lived medieval saint who managed to enjoy a lifespan of a hundred and five years and having travelled across the known world and participated in the crusades to finally settle in County Durham. You can understand why the monks of Durham Cathedral used it as a holiday retreat and why St. Godric chose it as his hermitage. When you sit on the riverbank and take in the peacefulness which encompasses the
place. Finchale is a fantastic location to stop and take a break – a place of meditation and calm away from the world.

Finchale Priory, Finchale Avenue,Framwellgate MoorDH1 5SH View map
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Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday10:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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Matt Rugg: Connecting Form

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Aykley Wood
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Wharton Park
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Riverside Walk

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