Gisborough Priory

About Gisborough Priory

The priory of St Mary of Gyseburn – later Gisborough, is an English Heritage Free to Enter site open to the public courtesy of Gisborough Priory Project.

This Augustinian Priory was founded in 1119 by Robert de Brus, a powerful Norman, cross border lord, with land around Danby and Castleton, and ancestor of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. The De Brus family and their descendants remained patrons, until its dissolution in 1539 and were buried there.

It is one of the oldest religious houses in and around the National Park and owned land and mining rights on the moors around Guisborough, Danby and Castleton, influencing the development of the moor in Medieval times. At its high point, the Priory was the richest religious house in Yorkshire and the fourth richest at the time of Dissolution. 

18th Century walled garden Credit Gisborough Priory

The iconic East Wall from the third Priory church towers over the site and the porch, from the inner gatehouse, dating back to around 1140, still remains. A small number of medieval tiles and small tomb fragments are on display in the visitor hut.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Priory gives access to the adjacent woodland garden.

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Car parking

Nearest car park 10m from site with 1 disabled parking place. Other local car parks nearby also have disabled car parking spaces.

External disabled access

1 step from pavement to path with wheelchair access via adjacent St Nicholas Church. Earth path to the entrance of the site which is uneven in places. Most of the site can be accessed by wheelchair down the main stone path then via the terrace grass track. The site has two sets of steps, one with 3 steps, one with 5. The site is grassed and therefore uneven with only one main stone path.

Internal disabled access

Small visitor hut: 3 steps into the hut no ramps so no wheelchair access.
With the exception of the small display of finds, all items and information in the hut can be brought to its entrance.

Accessible toilets

In adjacent woodland garden. Ramped access, door width 95cm (37.5ins) grab rails on the door, wall adjacent to the toilet and lowering hand rail adjacent to the other side of the toilet. Sanitiser at an accessible height. No alarm system. Toilet cubicle 162cm x 223cm.

Assistant dog facilities

Water bowls available for dogs and poo bags available on request. Dogs have to be kept on a lead.

For full details and facilities please visit Gisborough Priory 's website


Gisborough Priory provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out

Car parking

Local car parks nearby.

Picnic site

In adjacent woodland.

Dogs at Gisborough Priory

Dogs have to kept on leads and visitors are requested to clean up after their dogs. Water bowls are available on site and poo bags available on request.

Getting here

Contact us

Gisborough Priory, Church Street, Guisborough TS14 6HG
Tel 07391 351757
Email Gisborough Priory Project


In Guisborough town, next to the parish church

Public transport

Bus stop 5,81 stop outside the Priory served by 5A, 28 x93
Moorsbus M1, M3,M4 stop in the centre of Guisborough.

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