Mount Grace Priory is the perfect tourist attraction for a relaxing and peaceful day out.
Discover how the monks lived 600 years in the reconstructed monk’s cell and herb plot.
Set amid woodland in North Yorkshire, this unusual monastery is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain.
The crumbling masonry and open grassland have become home to a collection of wildlife that has taken advantage of what previous owners, including the monks, left behind.
The famous priory stoats inhabit the passages under Mount Grace and are possibly the best-known colony of stoats in Yorkshire and even the British Isles.
During its medieval heyday the honeystoned manor house at Mount Grace Priory housed dignitaries visiting one of England’s few Carthusian monasteries. In the late 19th century, it was bought by steel magnate Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, who hired the leading lights of the flourishing Arts and Crafts movement to give it a whole new look.
Now, English Heritage has recreated two rooms at the manor house, near Northallerton, to their full arts and crafts finery, with timber oak beams, polished wood flooring, and handmade wallpaper which has been created to match a fragment of the original William Morris wall covering.
• The reconstructed monk's cell
• A glimpse of the famous priory stoats
• The revamped herb plot and gardens
• Two new rooms opened in the arts and crafts style