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Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

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Tudor Road
Manor Park

Tel: 01928 569895

Norton Priory Gardens


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Concession - Standard Ticket£5.95 concession
Adult - Includes Gift Aid£7.40 adult
Adult - Standard Ticket£6.70 adult
Child - Includes Gift Aid£5.25 child
Child - Standard Ticket£4.75 child
Concession - Includes Gift Aid£6.55 concession
Family - Includes Gift Aid£21.20 family
Family - Standard Ticket£19.25 family
Group Rate£5.00 one person

Group tours are available for £25 and include the Museum & Priory ruins; or the Georgian Walled Garden and orchard. We can offer specialist tours or tailor tours for your group – please get in contact to discuss.


Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is a fascinating combination of historical, archaeological and natural beauty. With Medieval monastic ruins, a large Georgian walled garden, and acres of gardens, woodland walks, pear and apple orchards, as well as the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga).

The Museum opened in August 2016 following a major renovation thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. New exhibitions tell the 900 year story of the site and the people who lived there. It is also home to the giant Saint Christopher statue. Made of sandstone, 12 feet tall and dating from the late 1300s, it has been described as one of the largest and most impressive examplesof sculpture surviving from the fourteenth century. 

The Museum's Brooke Cafe serves a range of hot and cold meals and snacks. Open 10am - 5pm (1 March to 31 October) or 11am - 4pm (1 November to 29 February). 

Built in the 18th century by the Brooke family who owned and lived at Norton Priory from 1545 to the 1920's, the beautiful 2 1/2 acre walled garden features a restored rose walk, colour borders, soft fruit, fruit trees, herb garden, ice house and sculpture trail. Plants and produce including jams and juices are sold at the Gardener's Cottage at the entrance to the garden. There is a Tea Room in the courtyard to the side of the garden.

Set in the relaxing surroundings of the Walled Garden courtyard, the tea room offers teas and coffees, homemade ice-cream and cakes. The courtyard is also where the famous Norton Priory Ale is brewed. Open 10am - 5pm (1 March to 31 October)
the Tea Room is closed from 1 November - 29 February.

Events on throughout the year. 

Information for Groups:

Group rates for the whole site from August 2016 onwards are £5 per person with tours at £25 per tour. Tours of the museum and ruins, or the walled garden, are available. Tours with the Head Gardener or Curatorial staff can be arranged upon request. Opening times until the end of March 2017, 11am – 4pm. April to end October 10am – 5pm. However, tours can be arranged at any time but a surcharge may apply for evening bookings.



  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • pvardy
    Runcorn, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Not well enough known
    5 of 5 stars
    The biggest excavation monastery site in Europe sounds a bit dull; it is anything but. Start with the museum, built around what is regarded as the best Norman arch in Cheshire. The museum is full... Read full review
  • Urmmm
    Runcorn, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Norton Priory Museum
    5 of 5 stars
    The museum, café and other facilities are in a new building. The remains of the priory are neatly maintained and can be walked around. The garden is wooded and has some interesting walks. We have a... Read full review
  • LLCheshire
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Christmas Fair
    3 of 5 stars
    We had a lovely time at the Christmas Fair, with reduced entrance fee which was a bonus. It's the first time we've visited since the renovation of the site and what a lovely building. As it's larger... Read full review


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Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction

Provider Features

  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - There are a few steps/rough areas that are unsuitable for wheelchair users
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Provider Facilities

  • Civil Weddings
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M56, jct 11, turn for Warrington and follow brown Norton Priory signs. All other directions follow 'All other runcorn Traffic' and then the brown Norton Priory signs.

Located on Tudor Road. 

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  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016 MC Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award MC Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Family Friendly Tourism Business of the Year - Highly Commended MC Family Friendly Tourism Business of the Year - Highly Commended 2017

Opening Times

2017 Low Season (Museum Open 11am - 4pm, Walled Garden closed) (1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018)
2018 Main Season (Museum & Walled Garden Open 10am - 5pm) (1 Mar 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
Bank Holiday10:0017:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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