Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire

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Tel: 01928 569895

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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. 

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Guide Prices

Tickets Price Gift Aid
Adult £7.95 £8.75
Child £5.50 £6.05
Concession £6.95 £7.65
Family £22.25 £24.50
Under 4's £Free £Free

Opening Times

2021 Low Season (Walled Garden closed) (1 Nov 2020 - 31 Mar 2021)
Monday - Sunday12:00 - 16:00
2021 Main Season (Walled Garden open 12pm - 4pm) (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00


  • 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


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. 

Public Transport Directions

Train- Transport for Wales to Runcorn East, Bus No. 2 to Norton Priory, 12-minute walk (0.6 mile)



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Recent Reviews:

  • G2UAT
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Hidden Gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 27th October 2020
    We absolutely love it here, so much so we became members a few years ago. The staff really do make each visit really special with the various activities they put in place for the children. Always a... Read full review
  • Tourist537963
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Oasis in a busy world
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 29th October 2020
    We love visiting here, this time we took a lovely walk around the grounds, which are interesting and beautiful. The archaeological remains of the Abbey are exposed and are easily viewed and there is... Read full review
  • sara_enrich
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A lovely gem of a place and great day out for kids.
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 29th October 2020
    We had a great day out in Norton Priory with its fascinating ruins and exhibitions, fun kids activities, extensive grounds and beautiful walled garden. I came in August with my son whilst visiting... Read full review



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors 
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Provider Facilities

  • Civil Weddings
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Attraction

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

Contact Us

Tel: 01928 569895

Tel: 01928 569895

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