Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire

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Tel: 01928 569895

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About Us

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.

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

2020 Low Season (Walled Garden closed) (1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday12:00 - 16:00
2020 Main Season (Walled Garden open 12pm - 4pm) (1 Apr 2020 - 31 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

Awards

  • 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

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. 

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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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Recent Reviews:

  • John P
    Widnes, United Kingdom
    Very surprised
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 23rd September 2019
    What a lovely place to visit especially on a sunny day. Part of the original Priory dating back to the eleven hundreds is still there as can be seen from the picture. The foundation walls outside... Read full review
  • angelahA1008JD
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Beautiful gardens
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 11th December 2019
    Had a great day here , very educational with fun along the way . The gardens a beautiful and great for the kids to run free . Read full review
  • Helen S
    Pontardulais
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Interesting
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th December 2019
    This place is great for a walk and learning at the same time, very beautiful place defo going back, kids would like it Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction

Catering

  • 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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