We had a lovely afternoon out last week at Mount Grace Priory in Northallerton and while we were there we decided to buy an annual family membership to English Heritage which meant that we didn’t pay anything on the day but will pay around £7 a month for the next twelve months.
We’ve been considering this for a while but were in two minds whether to buy an English Heritage or National Trust membership – we went for the English Heritage after seeing just how many places there were to visit within an hours drive.
Family entry in to Mount Grace Priory without the pass would have cost £16.90 so the annual pass seems like great value for money when I think of how many places we can get into using it.
Anyway, back to our afternoon! 😉
Mount Grace Priory is described on the English Heritage website as being an unusual monastery which is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain. It goes on to tell you that you can ‘discover how the monks lived 600 years in the reconstructed monk’s cell and herb plot’ and boasts that it’s ‘the perfect tourist attraction for a relaxing and peaceful day out’.
We had a great time exploring and we weren’t the only family there having fun – there was a family football game going on in one of the courtyard areas, what looked like a great game of hide and seek and other children just climbing trees and generally enjoying themselves.
It’s definitely somewhere we’ll go again but I would say that it’s not a day out – it’s a couple of hours max in our opinion and it’s probably not the best place to go if it’s raining. Also, the shop there sells drinks and they’re £1.70 a for a bottle of pop so you should definitely take you own with you.
Oh, don’t forget to take change for the car parking which we thought was a bit steep at £4 – luckily for us the ticket machine was out of order so no-one had to pay for car parking today!
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