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Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory is a beautiful 12th century Church, the Augustinian Priory of Brinkburn lies approximately four and a half miles East of Rothbury on the B6344. It was founded in 1130 and 1135 by William Bertram and the setting is very picturesque, accessed via a ten minute sloped walk from the car parking area. The Priory is managed by English Heritage and along with the neighbouring manor house has been recently restored. 

I actually did my two weeks work experience here as a fifteen year old so I can vouch for the peaceful setting on the banks of the River Coquet and the beauty of the Church. I can also vouch for the fact that there are a huge number of rare breeds of bats that live in the Church roof. The guardian wrote an article about them, but my persisting memory is just of cleaning up the mess each morning!

The Priory is also home to the annual Brinkburn Music Festival, three days of wonderful music and entertainment set in the grounds for the public to enjoy. The Festival is run by a charitable body and more information can be found at their website.

Postcode for your SatNav: NE65 8AR

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