Norton Priory Museum and Gardens
near Runcorn, Cheshire
Average time spent – 2+ hours.
Things to do at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens review
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens is one of Cheshire’s hidden gems. It was once home to a medieval church and is the most excavated monastic site in Europe.
There is a 12-century undercroft with beautiful vaulted ceilings that visitors can explore. The priory ruins that remain today show the layout of the medieval buildings. In the museum, there are thousands of objects on display which have been uncovered at the site. These tell the 900-year history from priory to mansion house and of the people that have lived there.
Around the site of the priory, you will find a choice of woodland walks with secret summer houses, sculptures and also a stream glade. In the summer the 2.5-acre Georgian walled garden is also open. There is also a play area and there are often family-friendly trails, currently, there is a scavenger hunt which you can print out. They also host yearly events many of which are great for families. Plus talks, tours and workshops.
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Important Information Norton Priory Museum and Gardens
Eating – There is a cafe which serves hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – 900 years of history with a museum, ruins, woodland walks, play area, trails and more. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult standard ticket costs £9.50, children 4-16 years £6.75, under 4s are free. Family tickets are available. There is free on-site parking.
Opening: The museum closes for winter from November until late March. After then they open as much as possible although in 2020 they were only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dog friendly? Dogs are permitted in the main garden and woodland but not within the walled garden
Address: Tudor Rd, Windmill Hill, Runcorn WA7 1SX, Cheshire, England. Phone: 01928 569895
Category – Museum – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
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