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Castle Acre Priory

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Address: Castle Acre, King's Lynn PE32 2XD, England
Phone Number: +44-(0)1760-755394
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This is a fabulous English Heritage site which really conveys the sheer size of what, numerically, was quite a small priory. The audio commentary is extremely informative and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Beccles, United Kingdom
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Beccles, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a fabulous English Heritage site which really conveys the sheer size of what, numerically, was quite a small priory. The audio commentary is extremely informative and well paced, allowing you to find extra detail if required. It is fascinating to see how the buildings were adapted and extended over the years. I have to disagree with Comforthfamily -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Castle Acre Priory and the neighbouring Bailey Gate/Castle require some good mobility. A fair proportion is up steep climbs or twisting stairs etc. Not saying you need to be amazingly fit but just expect to need to have sturdy feet/legs and be prepared to contort slightly (mainly at the Priory) I have read other reviews telling people that you do... More 

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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

You can see the priory without having to pay the extortionate price to get in. The castle up the road is free, not sure what else there was to see here in addition. Maybe the visitors centre, but definitely not worth the money. Disappointing, Castle Rising is much better and far more reasonably priced.

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Spalding, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We arrived to find the actual site closed but that worked to our advantage in that the day was beautiful and we walked all around the perimeter of the site. This gave us access to views we may not have seen if we had been inside. We took a walk along the River Nar...very picturesque and complete with ford. The... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This english heritage managed site offers some wonderful ruins on a monastic site that reaches back almost a 1000 years. Its a great place for a walk with an atmospheric countryside setting. The Prior's lodging has some wonderful details and the ancient west end gable is still an impressive structure though in a state of ruin.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Very interesting to see the old ruins of the priory and to imagine what life was like. Parking on site and small fee to pay to get in

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a super ruined abbey, with wonderful carvings on the west door of the abbey. The stream, where ye olde latrines were, is particularly good at envisaging what it might have looked like. The small museum is helpful too.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a great little Priory, and if you are into ruins and old architecture than you will be in your element. The recorded tour is informative, although our battery did run out after one or two stops, but it didn't worry us as the rest of the layout made sense. Great for photo's and looks stunning in the sunshine.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The priory and the Castle Acre and very close to each other in walking distance. If you are in this part of the world I would really recommend a look. It's free to entre the Castle grounds but the Priory is National Trust, and so there is a charge. However, you can walk around the outside of the Priory for... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We live near here but often visit. One of the best preserved monastery ruin in the country. Still inhabitable in places. Good grounds for exercising children. Interesting herb garden. A small display on the whole village and nearby castle ruins. Take the audio tour. Sadly only open at weekends in the winter. Well worth a detour.

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