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
Fascinating architecture and design
Happened upon this English Heritage intact Priory and crumbling Abbey House on the way to Cragside (very near and nice for a dual visit if you have membership to EH and National Trust). They were preparing for a wedding but we were welcomed as the property stays open to the public during events the guide said and we were put at ease to still have a look around. The stained glass in the Priory is beautiful, the house well worth a look as those preserving it have managed to show the layers of structure, it would be beautiful to restore but you’d probably need to be a billionaire! Look out for where an enterprising bird has made a nest, for the lacy metalwork of the bell sculpture and the old tiled range. We really enjoyed our visit.
A hidden gem
Tucked away off the beaten track, this places oozes atmosphere and history. The Priory (church) is lovely and relitavely unspoilt. The manor house next door is open but in a poor state of repair (funds awaited!). You'll need the guide book. And a very helpful lady in the ticket office
Thank you, English Heritage!
JustMandy8, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
A fascinating and enjoyable visit to Brinkburn Priory and manor house, both steeped in atmosphere and intrigue. The priory, set in charmingly beautiful landscape, is sympathetically lit with subtle organ music playing. Among other treasures to behold, sun streams through jewel-coloured stained glass windows, beautifully mottling the walls and floor. The manor house has a richness of places to explore - the basement especially captures the imagination. Listen carefully - can you hear yesteryear voices echoing in the vaulted cells? Our day was perfectly complimented talking to the personable Site Manager Juliet Phipps. Her pride and passion for English Heritage (the Priory in particular) is obvious. She delightfully breathes life into history.
christuffnelly, San Francisco, California
The main reason for our trip to the UK was for a friends wedding which was held here. This place is amazing and such a find. Our friends really had dressed the place to impress but even without this, the history is unbelievable and such a beautiful place. So glad that we got the chance to see this building.
Zorah G, Houston, Texas
This seemed like a hidden gem to me, as I was literally the only guest there aside from the staff at the shop. This is a must for history buffs. To see there is the priory itself and the manor house. The priory is gorgeous and fully functional with a to-die-for organ, stunning stained glass, and a family of bats at the very top (could hear them but never saw them, sadly). The shop offered wonderful information booklets and souveniers of the priory, as well as some locally made jam (complete with samples to try!). The staff was helpful, informative, and friendly. Loved chatting with her. The manor house was a complete surprise. I LOVED seeing the house, but you should know in advance what you’re about to see. The house is delapidated, and has only been worked on enough to make the first floor and basement safe to traverse. It is a skeleton, but what a fascinating skeleton! You can see remains of the original monastary in places, as well as the plasterwork and even wallpapering of when the house was renovates from a monastary to a home. I loved seeing clues to the original, as well as bits of the renovated part. Being in a state of disrepair, it is not safe for children, in my opinion, and can be quite musky. While I would LOVE to see this renovates enough for a full tour, I would hate to lose the hints of either the monastary or the home, so if they decide to renovate this more for tours, I hope they’ll find a way to highlight both aspects of it. It would be a grand attraction if renovated, but given most of the second story floors are missing, I can’t imagine how much it would cost to rebuild in the image it once was. as it stands, it is a fantastic skeleton to visit, but know in advance what you are going to be seeing so you can fall in love with it rather than being disappointed. I fell in love with it!