Finchale Priory

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Finchale Priory

Finchale Priory is located on the River wear, where the remains of Finchale Priory stands, the castle was founded in the 1196, where the hermitage of St Godric, who was a retired sailor and merchant.

Later on the priory became a outpost of Durham Cathedral and was functioned as a vacation retreat for the priests of Durham, until 1538.

There are some stays of the early twelfth-century stone chapel of St John the Baptist, the web page of Godric of Finchale’s burial.

Godric came to live on the eventual site of Finchale Priory in the early twelfth century, creating a hermitage dedicated to St John the Baptist. Godric’s biographers recorded that he lived an ascetic life on this site for 50 years, living and sleeping outside and rejecting expensive cloth and plentiful food.

After Godric’s death, two monks of Durham moved to Finchale, where there was already a church, mill, dam and fish pond. The site has been a dependency of Durham Cathedral since 1196, the year in which the chapel hermitage became known as Finchale Priory.

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April until October

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

October until March

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm



  • Parking: There is a charged car park on site, not managed by English Heritage.
  • Access: Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy.
  • Dogs Accepted: Dogs allowed on leads

Founder: Hugh de Puiset
Diocese: Diocese of Durham
Disestablished: 1535
It is a Grade I listed building.
Mother house: Durham Cathedral Priory

official website

Map Location

Address: Finchale Ave, Durham DH1 5SH, UK

Coordinates: 54.818121°N 1.540358°W