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Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 3 May 2018

If you have any interest in history then this is a must for you. You can spend a fascinating couple of hours looking around.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

First visit to the house, priory and gardens. Very interesting to visit the recreated monk's cell and the house is a good example of an arts and craft house. The gardens are a work in progress but it's obvious they will be lovely once complete. There are plenty of benches to enjoy the views and ponder a while. The tea rooms have only been open a week or so so I really hope they get their act together as it wasn't a good experience today. The lunch, one quiche and one sandwich took the best part of half an hour to arrive. Husband enjoyed his sandwich. My quiche however, was the worst I've had. It was overcooked and the portion was barely enough for a toddler. The side salad consisted of some leaves with 2 slices of tomato from the top and bottom of a tomato with a 'dressing' of a bit of olive oil which added nothing at all and the cost of this?? almost £7 which would have been reasonable for a decent sized quiche portion with an interesting substantial salad. I shouldn't complain really as one couple had been forgotten about!! I hope they get their act together as I cannot see us eating there in the future. We will take a picnic next time and enjoy the solitude and the views

Date of experience: April 2018
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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you for your valued comments, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to the house and gardens. As the weather improves, it should only be a matter of weeks before the gardens explodes into a mass of colour, and we too are very excited about the transformation! We appreciate your thoughts regarding your experience in the Orchard Café; The cafe has been a huge success and has been busier than anticipated, therefore we are looking at ways of improving our speed of service at these busy times. In regard to your comments ref he lunch items that you purchased, we can assure you that we will assess the offering as a result of your input. Kind regards and thank you once again. Mount Grace Priory House & Gardens

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

As English Heritage Members we didn’t have to pay to go in but because of bad weather they were replanting the gardens so offered reduced entry to reflect the lack of flowers in the garden. I thought this a nice touch. They were also in the process of building a cafe due to open in May. Hot and cold drinks were available to purchase in the gift shop. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The main house has a few rooms laid out as it would have been in the past and the first floor rooms have information about the history of the priory and life for the monks. There is also a reproduction of a “cell” showing how they would have lived which my 8 year old was fascinated by including a reproduction of the garden that would have been attached to the “cell” to assist with contemplation. It a peaceful location and just a nice place to relax have a picnic and wander although I wouldn’t recommend it with a pushchair. We look forward to returning in a few months when the gardens have rejuvenated.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

There's lots to see here from the abbey and church ruins to the house and gardens. There's a recreated monk's cell which looks quite large and comfy for the era.

Some of the gardens are being redeveloped but delayed due to the bad weather.

The house seems to have lost its way a bit being split between the monastic and Arts and Crafts eras and not benefitting either. Perhaps because of this the site seems to be lacking a sparkle.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

Founded in the 14th Century the Carthusian monks were hermits who lived in their own little cells, one of which has been recreated on site.
The Priory is well signed from the A19 which is a very fast road and it was "fun" joining it after visiting the priory.
There is a large car park and then you walk up the path past the gardens into the visitor centre in the old manor house which has lots of information and decorated rooms.
When we visited there was no cafe on site but I believe that will change in 2018, there was the usual gift shop and of course the gardens where we had a picnic while feeding the birds.
The priory is surrounded by woods with public foot paths if you want to stretch your legs before or after visiting.

Date of experience: May 2017
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