Guisborough Tourist Information

Just twelve miles from Hartlepool and seven miles from Middlesbrough lies the attractive market town of Guisborough, off the northern edge of the North York Moors National Park, offering travellers the splendid opportunity to enjoy a private country retreat coupled with an intimate encounter with some of the North’s most notable historic landmarks.

An undeniably essential feature of Guisborough is the incredible 12th century Gisborough Priory, the ruins of one of the oldest Augustinian houses in England, constructed on a plot conferred by Robert de Brus. Although all that is left of this magnificent structure is the Norman gatehouse, this historic monument still inspires awe and admiration in anyone who visits.

A remnant part of the Priory, the intricately carved de Brus Cenotaph, was removed from it during the time of its dissolution, and is presently showcased in St. Nicholas Church in Guisborough, a significant historic building in its own right. With parts of its building dating back to the 15th century, this church presents an impressive collection of stained glass windows from over several decades that is sure to thrill anyone interested in architecture or art.

For a more in-depth look at Guisborough’s history, why not visit the volunteer-run Guisborough Museum, with its exhibition of photographs and relics that provides an impression of what life in the town was like over the years, or even ask one of the friendly local residents, who are often happy to share what they know and make a new acquaintance.

Ideally located in the heart of the countryside while conveniently placed for access to larger towns, Guisborough is surrounded by natural beauty and is the perfect destination for walkers and hikers. The Guisborough Forest and Walkway Centre is a gateway to the North Yoor Moors, and the walkway itself extends for over two miles, offering spectacular views of luxuriant wooded areas and local landmarks.

Interesting fact: One of the fires that most extensively damaged the beautiful Gisborough Priory is said to have been caused in 1289 by a plumber’s mate, who left a pan of smouldering charcoal on the roof timbers by accident. Yikes!

Things to see and do around Guisborough:

De Brus Cenotaph
Gisborough Priory
Guisborough Forest and Walkway
Guisborough Museum
Hutton Hall
St. Nicholas Church
North Yorkshire Brewery Company, Pinchinthorpe