A taste of some of the more notable Priory’s and Abbeys in the area within easy day trip distance of any of our cottages. This list is by no means exhaustive.
Explore the dramatic and extensive remains of the largest monastic establishment in Britain. Magnificent examples of English Gothic Architecture in a beautiful setting. Take an audio tour of the soaring ruins.
Whitby Abbey is situated on a cliff top that overlooks the town of Whitby and the harbour. It is probably Whitby’s most visited attraction due its historical significance and heritage. The abbey dates back to the 7th Century when Oswy, King of Northumbria, sent a Northumbrian princess named Hilda to found an
Byland Abbey, Byland
This beautiful ruin, set in the shadow of the Hambleton Hills, was once one of the great northern Cistercian monasteries. A truly outstanding example of early Gothic architecture, its splendid tiles are a testament to its earlier magnificence.
These intriguing ruins of an Augustinian priory include an elaborate gatehouse and monk’s ‘washroom’, all set in the peaceful Derwent valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Mount Grace Priory
Set amid woodland below the escarpment of the North York Moors and the Cleveland Way National Trail, the ruins of this 14th-century monastery represent the best preserved ‘charterhouse’ of the 10 Carthusian monasteries in Britain.
Founded in 1802, Ampleforth Abbey is home to a community of more than 55 monks who seek God according to the Gospel and the Rule of St Benedict. They welcome all visitors, whether you are simply seeking rest and peace in our Valley, or want to experience something of our life together with us.
The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. Step back into a rich and dramatic past and imagine what life would have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago.