Felley Priory was founded in 1156 but the exterior of the building is primarily Tudor architecture. The gardens contain a selection of rare and interesting plants and feature a rose garden, pergolas, herbaceous borders, a medieval garden, knot gardens and an orchard. All plants and shrubs sold from the nursery are grown in the garden and there is also a tea room. The priory provided the settings for D. H. Lawrence’s ‘White Peacock’ and ‘Sons and Lovers’. His birthplace, Eastwood, is three miles away, where the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum provides a fascinating insight into his early life, where visitors can learn about family life in the mining community, which shaped Lawrence’s formative years.