Founded in 1135 for canons of the Augustinian order, Brinkburn was restored in the 19th century and now survives in its entirety as Northumberland's finest example of early Gothic architecture.
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Family Ticket - £10.10
PRICES INCLUDE GIFT AID
Car parking available
Dogs / pets allowed
Fascinating Medieval Priory Church and Manor House
TheUKwanderer, Kent, Uk
The site is reached on foot from the car park, down a steep drive with some disabled parking at the bottom of the drive, avoiding the climb. The church is stunning and is a rare example of a monastic priory church surviving fully roofed. The roof and stained glass are not original and date from Victorian times when the church, previously in a ruinous state, was restored by the Cadogan family. There are several graves in the church near to the altar that date from the 15th and 16th century. The Manor House was built on part of the monks' dining hall and several examples of this can be seen, particularly in the undercroft, where the original cooking range can be seen. The ground floor and undercroft are open to the public. The house has been conserved in its semi-dilapidated state, allowing the underlying historical structures to be viewed. The upstairs rooms could not be viewed due to problems with the wooden staircase and flooring. The English Heritage representative on site was unable to indicate whether there were any plans to re-open these rooms although much work has been done to the upstairs floor supports. The river Coquet flows past the site making for some very picturesque riverside views and there is a mill at the far end of the lawn. The site has a small English Heritage ticket office and shop with a selection of biscuits, cakes and ice creams as well as guide books and souvenirs. Toilet facilities are fairly basic but adequate with two chemical toilets situated just behind the ticket office disguised in a small compound. The site is also a wedding venue and although this did not cause any disruption when we were there, it is possible that this could affect access when a ceremony is in progress. Overall, two fascinating buildings that are well worth visiting.
What a beautiful spot!
saddwd, Durham, United Kingdom
Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed today's visit in the May sunshine. The priory is small and beautifully formed in a stunning riverside setting. An hour is sufficient time to enjoy your visit, there are benches and grassy areas so take a picnic and enjoy.
Both interesting and very peaceful.
johnhouston2, Knaresborough, United Kingdom
Coming under the care of English Heritage, Brinkburn Priory is a delightful place situated down a quiet lane next to a river. After parking you continue down a lovely pathway for 400 yards and then you see the delightful Priory appear through the trees. The Priory is a large and very old church with a rough-hewn and relatively unadorned interior that I found refreshingly different. The attached Manor House is a grand building, albeit that it is very much a work in progress regarding renovation. There is enough to see however to give an idea of how fine it could all look with time and funding permitting. The grassy area surrounding the buildings is delightful and, on a sunny day with hardly any other visitors about, it was an absolute pleasure to sit on a bench in the warm sunshine and listen to the sounds of the river and the nearby rookery. The English Heritage kiosk includes limited things for sale including ice cream, an ideal accompaniment to that lovely garden bench! And finally, the young lady on duty when we arrived was enthusiastic about the Priory and was helpful and very charming. Thank you.
An absolutely fascinating site, set in tranquil and beautiful countryside
GillyPNorthEastCoast, North East Coast
We popped in, as EH members, hoping for a cup of tea and piece of cake on our way back from a lovely walk in the Cheviots. We find Rothbury too overcrowded for a quiet and peaceful stopover. No actual tea rooms but a shop selling hot drinks out of a machine, perfectly adequate for what we wanted, cold drinks, biscuits, ice creams and sweets so we bought what we wanted and sat in the peaceful grounds to enjoy them. The kind and enthusiastic guide explained a bit about the history, the priory and manor house. On a previous visit the manor house had not been sufficiently restored to be open to the public. It's absolutely fascinating, ground floor and basement.The first manor house after the Dissolution incorporated the cloister walls, and the second wing was designed by John Dobson, so very worth having a good look. The guide book, £3, is invaluable, especially as there is no signage on site -what happened to all the Min of Works useful signs?!. The priory itself is a haunting, lovely space with 19th century stained glass, and a famous sort of organ, and there are enough of the ruins to see Chapter House, dormitory etc. The grounds are lovely, with a sort of "folly tunnel", beautiful views of the property and river Coquet, and a few garden games, quoits etc set out for children. I believe there are summer Sunday music events and a festival, and the place is open Weds through to Sun incl. Stiffish 400 yard(metre?) walk down track from car park(and back again), but parking for those with poor mobility on site. Accessible by Morpeth(or it might be Alnwick) to Thropton bus, I think. Not too expensive for non EH members eg £4 for concessions but the annual pass or Overseas pass are so well worth it. Just beware that the property next door does holiday lets and is a wedding venue so, on wedding days, you might encounter rather more people than you hoped to.
Wow!! What a beautiful place. Never new it was here let alone a fantastic wedding venue shame I'm already married (ha) This venue is English heritage so a small fee to get in but will easily spend an hour or so here.