Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire

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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

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.

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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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Recent Reviews:

  • franklucas931
    Trip Type:
    Really good
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 6th November 2018
    Was amazed at the amount of history in the surrounding area. Lovely dayout. Gardens and walks were lovely Read full review
  • Stacey G
    Trip Type:
    Witch's hunt
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 10th November 2018
    Fab day out. Lots of intresting things to do indoors and out. Great for young and old. My two girls ( 13 and 5 yrs) loved it . Read full review
  • sharon m
    Runcorn, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Visiting theme day event with group of family and friends
    2 of 5 stars
    Monday, 12th November 2018
    You will struggle to spend half a day here, with children especially with regards to the price for entry and I live within the area. It has interactive learning indoors, which is upstairs. Has onsite... Read full review



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 2018 - 28 Feb 2019)
Monday - Sunday12:00 - 16:00*
2019 Main Season (Museum & Walled Garden Open 10am - 5pm) (1 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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