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Finchale Abbey is a family run Touring Park that has been with the current owners since 1951. Set in the heart of the beautiful County Durham countryside, the park lies within a meander of the River Wear and overlooks the ruins of a Benedictine Priory. The peace and tranquillity of the Adult Only Touring Park encourages visitors from all over the world to return time and again and is one of the North East premier residential parks. Well behaved pets are welcome onto the park both as visitors and residents, dogs must be kept on a lead while on the park.

The ruins of Finchale have stood in the meander of the river Wear for hundreds of years and the surrounding scenery and picturesque sights and views make the caravan park, which overlooks the Abbey quite unique.

We are pleased to announce that the park has been awarded four stars after an inspection on behalf of the Northumbria tourist. The park is also a member of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.

We have been awarded a Silver David Bellamy Conservation award in recognition that the park is managed in a responsible and sustainable way, meeting stringent criteria with regard to saving water and energy, recycling, eco-friendly landscaping, promoting local transport and protecting wildlife and flowers.

Silver David Bellamy Conservation Award

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Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby


Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Full hook-up sites

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade



TV room


Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access


Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby


Adults only

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Medium (26-50 sites)



Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven


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  • Finchale Abbey, Durham, Co. Durham, England, DH1 5SH
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.8179°N 1.5409°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Chester-le-Street: South Burns Coach Stop — 5.1 kilometres
Durham Bus Station — 5.2 kilometres
Washington (Tyne & Wear): Galleries Bus Station — 9.0 kilometres
Train stations
Chester-le-Street Rail Station — 4.7 kilometres
Durham Rail Station — 5.0 kilometres
Seaham Rail Station — 12.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Newcastle International Ferry Terminal — 20.3 kilometres
South Shields Ferry Terminal — 21.0 kilometres
North Shields Ferry Terminal — 21.6 kilometres
Newcastle International Airport — 26.7 kilometres
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 34.9 kilometres


From the North/South via the A1(M)
Off the A1(M) North of Durham City, Junction 63, head south onto the A167 for four miles turn left at the roundabout which directs to the Arnison Center. Follow signs for Finchale Priory.

From Durham City.
Head north out of Durham City following signs for Framwellgate Moor/ Arnison Center/Adventure Valley. When you get closer to us follow signs for Finchale Priory.

(Road signs may mark us as Finchale Abbey or Finchale Priory just to confuse you but it is the same place!)

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Finchale Abbey (Priory)

In the 12th Century the hermit St Godric built a shelter here. Later a 13th century Benedictine Priory was established as a holiday retreat for monks from Durham cathedral. The priory now in ruins is run by English Heritage to preserve it for future generations.

CockenLodge Golf Course and Driving Range

This newly built golf course is easily within walking distance of the caravan park and offers all you would expect from a nine hole course. The Golf course also has a bar which welcomes patrons of the caravan park, children also welcome.

Distance from Finchale Abbey – ten minute walk

Durham City

The fabulous Cathedral and Castle towering above the medieval city, still echo the importance of Durham as the Prince Bishops' seat of power and government. Since 1836 the Castle has housed University College, the foundation college of England's third oldest University.

Distance from Finchale Abbey - approximately four miles.

Beamish open air Museum.

Beamish vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800's and 1900's. Costumed staff welcome visitors to the turn of the century with a range of authentic shops and businesses. You can go underground to a real 'drift' mine or visit a housewife baking bread in the farmhouse kitchen. A visit to Beamish takes a full day and is enjoyable for all the family.

Distance from Finchale Abbey - approximately seven miles.

Botanic Gardens

The 18 acre garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham City. Cared for by Durham University the gardens include plant collections from around the world.

"A great day out for all the family"

Distance from Finchale Abbey - approximately four miles.

Metro Center

The largest shopping center in the North East, the Metro Center offers free parking and shops and activities for all the family. Metroland provides amusements for young and old with roller coasters and fun and games. There is also a cinema and numerous bars and restaurants.

Distance from Finchale Abbey - approximately fifteen miles.

Killhope Lead mining Center.

Explore the life of a lead mining family. Armed with hard hats and lamps you can explore the original tunnel used by the miners to excavate lead in the days of the Victorian miners. Back on the surface see how miners lived and worked.

Distance from Finchale Abbey - approximately thirty five miles.

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth

This marine life center takes looking at fish in tanks one step further with interactive areas such as the touch-pools which allows children and adults to handle a range of marine life. There are over thirty displays with marine life from shrimps and crabs to sharks and octopus. There is a full range of feeding demonstrations to view as well as expert talks and special presentations.

Distance from Finchale Abbey - approximately twenty-five miles

Must see

  • Durham Castle (5.3 kilometres)
  • Durham Cathedral (5.6 kilometres)
  • WWT Washington Wetland Centre (10.1 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Washington Old Hall (9.5 kilometres)
  • Gibside (16.7 kilometres)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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