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Finchale Abbey Touring Park
Finchale Abbey Farm
Co Durham   (Browse area)
Tel: 0191 3866528
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Pitches: 50
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 154 Reviews
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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Adults Only   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach <10 miles   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Riverside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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We are taking bookings , please be assured you can book with confidence. Our toilets are Open. Our showers are Open. Other communal areas may be restricted - please check with us for more information

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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: MNW7 3 reviews from this member

 Good site next to the Abbey. Pitches well spaced but most require levelling ramps, wooden blocks provided if required by friendly helpful staff.

Located next to the river with scenic walks along the river and into Durham.

Would visit again. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Pennine Plodder 24 reviews from this member

 I feel I should place a caveat on this review. This was a visit during Covid and everything was contactless, so other than folk heading for the facilities nobody spoke other than a greeting!

Lovely clean, quiet site. The only sounds were the A1(M) in the distance and the ducks, chickens and guinea fowl.

The negative for me, the pitch was on the hillside, not level in the slightest. Once vaguely levelled, the jockey only just touched at the front. I was congratulated by others on being able to park on the pitch! Thank heavens for motor movers. Do not select anything beginning with T.

When I came away, I had to bring everything down on to level ground as hook-up was not happening on the hillside.

The site had gone to the trouble of tarmacing the pitches, it seems a shame that the pitches are not level.

My first visit to the area but I would certainly return. 

Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Philpo 1 review from this member

 Very nice clean well kept site, good for dog walks, nice river walk, near shops, town and plenty tourest sites.

Site very hilly but wood available

No one on hand when arrived which would be nice but lovely place will go back 

Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 8 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Flearn 11 reviews from this member

 Excellent site in a beautiful location.

Priory ruins and a river within a few yards of the site.

Very clean toilet blocks.

Shop at the Priory sells ice creams, sandwiches and drinks.

Some pitches are on a awkward slope so you just need to look at how you pitch.

Great site for relaxing or walking to Durham(4mile), cycle riding (steep hill getting out of campsite)

Very friendly staff. 

Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Northerngal33 6 reviews from this member

 Lovely clean site, cant comment on facilities as closed due to Covid19. Never spoke to a member of staff at all, social distancing taken To the extreme, I'd have thought a welcome would have been nice but nothing from them at all.

Abbey stunning.

Very poor on walking routes though which was disappointing for us.

Not too far into Durham if you're driving, park and ride available on route. Bug shipping centre close by for if you forget something.

I'm not sure if we would return as rather bored after 2 days of nothing to do and nowhere to go. 
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Date of Visit: February 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Andrea 1 review from this member

 Nice quiet site with good facilities. Walk in the woods and along the river very good to let the dog off, but there is an allocated dog walk on site too.

Small cafe and shop. The ruins of the priory are very interesting which are open to the public.

Would recommend to friends. 
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Date of Visit: October 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Louissa 19 reviews from this member

 A last minute booking after rain changed our touring plans - and what a find!

A lovely site, in the crook of the river next to the old priory - perfect. Room for perhaps 20 tourers (although there is a large static village beyond the touring site so there are more people around). It was fairly expensive - £25-30 per pitch - but unlike some other places, I felt it was justified.

The warden was very friendly and helpful. There is a small cafe and shop on site too.

The facilities were brilliant - clean and modern, including accessible toilets/showers. In the ladies at least, there are two sink cubicles for privacy while washing; one with a hairdryer.

There was a short (on lead) dog walking area on the site - around the orchard. The grass paths are kept short but amongst the trees, it's more natural - which meant it smelled very interesting to our dog! (She was also fascinated by the guinea fowl wandering around the site :)) Over the river (via a footbridge), there is a public woodland which was suitable for an off-lead run -- and there are some doggy-paddling spots in the river too.

We found the site very quiet - but almost because of that, we could hear the road noise (the A1) when we were outside. This wasn't a problem really, just a small note. 

Date of Visit: October 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Steve3 2 reviews from this member

 Okay, first things first, this is a most beautiful location, with the river Wear and ruins of Finchale Abbey. The staff we met were very helpful and compared to some sites, it's very easy to get to.


The hardstandings for the caravan and camper pitches are far from level meaning it's impossible to put an awning up. The first pitches we were offered were at the top of a hill on a bank, I would love to see how anyone with a twin axle caravan could actually pitch there.

If there is a "restaurant" on site, we never found it, there's a tea room but that's not a restaurant.

The so called on site WiFi is seemingly not on site, not great if you're away but still need to keep in touch with work, one of the reasons for booking was for WiFi.

Were we the only ones to keep our dogs on a short lead or a lead at all? And what's with the free range birds that sit outside at dawn squawking?

The largest struggle at this site really was the angle we had to put the caravan at to get it level combined with the swampy grass to jump down onto, our ageing dogs needed to be lifted to get in through the door as it was so high off the ground. 

Date of Visit: September 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Glasgo 1 review from this member

 We booked for 2 nights our first visit to Finchale Abbey won't be our last, it was beautiful area campsite very well kept.

My husband and I will surely return and have told family and friends how wonderful it was. 
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Date of Visit: August 2019 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Clappersgirl 6 reviews from this member

 This is a beautifully-situated peaceful site adjacent to the ruined Finchale Priory which you should spend the time to explore.

We had chosen the G1 pitch which we found to be at the back of the site and elevated so that we had a wonderful view over the Priory. It was, however, virtually within the Park Homes, more to their detriment than ours I would think as we were facing the other way.

This little village of homes, not holiday accommodation, is for the over 50s and adults only, and apart from cars driving in and out you would hardly know they were there.

The site was only about half full during our midweek stay so was extremely quiet. The facilities were 5*, spotlessly clean and very warm (it wasn't the best of August weather). Lots of hot water at all times, 4 toilets, 2 washbasin cubicles, 2 shower cubicles and a large wet-room with shower, basin and toilet, presumably for the disabled. That was the ladies, the men's was similar, I am told, apart from some urinals instead of toilet cubicles.

The showers, alas, were push button, but at least you got about a minute with each push. My problem with them is that you cannot change the water temperature or the position of the shower head. No problem here as there was plenty of room in the cubicle to avoid the initial cold water.

As previously mentioned, a few more hooks in the shower would be welcome. There was just one on the back of the door, and one cubicle had an additional hanging rail. But full marks for a shelf in the actual shower plus a shower tidy, so somewhere to put all your bits and bobs.

We were on a fully-serviced pitch, our own water and grey waste drain. It was also very level so no chocks needed. The whole site is very well-maintained, grass cut and well planted.

There is a café and little shop which we didn't use, more for the visitors to the Priory, and Wi-Fi available in reception, again not used.

There is a steep hill out of the site and it is a walk of at least a mile down the quiet road to the bus stop outside the prison. There is a bus once an hour which goes to Durham via the Arnison Centre, an out-of-town shopping area with Sainsburys, Lidl (or was it Aldi?) Next, M & S. McDonalds etc etc. Useful, but nothing exciting to be seen there.

We walked into Durham and found it took us nearly an hour and a half. It is an easy walk and we walk at an average speed so we reckoned it was a bit over 4 miles to the centre of Durham and a welcome cup of coffee. Durham is quite compact and very interesting, sitting in the loop of the River Wear.

We enjoyed the Cathedral and the nearby visitor centre which had a good film about the history of the city. Plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs and a proper indoor market. On another day we caught the bus into Durham and then another to Gateshead, the 21 which took ages as it stopped at virtually every bus stop. Get the X21 which is a bit quicker. We passed the Angel of the North on the way.

We visited the Baltic Centre in Gateshead which has some excellent art exhibitions and which has a good café, but missed seeing the swing bridge do its swing. Back in Durham we took a taxi back to the site and were surprised at how cheap it was, £10. The same distance would cost us a minimum of £16 back home.

We enjoyed our stay but probably would not return as we have now visited Durham and restricted as we are to walking or the bus we did not think there was a great deal more that we wanted to do. 

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