Priory Maze and Gardens

Priory Maze and Gardens, Sheringham: Hours, Address, Priory Maze and Gardens Reviews: 4/5

Priory Maze and Gardens
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Tuesdays - Sundays 10:00am - 4:00pm Closed Mondays Garden/maze admissions half price in April 2022
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dnlu36
Birmingham, UK145 contributions
Couples
This place is only 20 mins away from where we were staying. The admission fee was £6.50 per adult. Before we started wandering around, we decided to pre-book a table in the Cafe bistro just in case it got busy. There was plenty to see and lots of little trails for different themes and the plants that feature each section. It would've been good to include some labelling of plants so that we know what we're looking at (we're not garden connoisseurs) and maybe a bit of interesting facts about certain species of flora. I noticed that the Herb garden did have labelling, and we enjoyed rubbing the leaves and smelling our fingers. The maze was fairly straightforward to go through (smaller than Kew gardens) and we sat on a bench by the maze exit opposite the Herb garden. Whilst we were chilling out my attention was drawn to the white Buddleia bush on our left which was frequented by lots of bumblebees, butterflies and a moth. This place is great for insects - there were dragonflies circling the ponds, and there was a pond dipping activity to see what life-forms live in the water. Once we saw everything we had a light lunch at the Cafe bistro. The homemade cakes are divine (the vegan cookies n cream cake especially). There was still time to have a quick wander around the Beeston Regis Priory before heading over the Beeston bump back to base.
Written July 29, 2022
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Andrew
UK19 contributions
We have visited the Priory Maze and Gardens several time over the years, mainly for the good cafe and enjoyed ourselves.
The service and food is reliable and the staff helpful friendly.
Yesterday we called in again at about 3.15pm in time to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake before their rather early closing time of 4pm. We can cope quite happily with the closing time but not that at 3.45 the vacuum cleaner came out and the toilets were cleaned and then closed while customers were still present.
I gather that the law on toilets for cafe customers is something of a grey area but would expect that, out of sheer courtesy, clearing operations and cleaning and closure of toilets should wait until customers have departed for the day.
It left us, this time, with the wrong feeling of the place. The 'Average' rating reflects this.
Written May 25, 2022
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Bluechichi
United Kingdom3 contributions
Family
Visited as a family of 4 with an 11 year old and a 7 year old. They had a special half price offer of £10 for the family ticket during April which was excellent value and enables you to come and go as you please during the day. I think perhaps £20 full price would have been a bit much though I imagine this price is due to there being nothing in bloom at this time of year.

We still thought it was stunning. So peaceful and well kept. The maze was just challenging enough. There is a good wooden play area for the kids and the outdoor seating area of the cafe is nice. We spent about 1.5 hours there and would have spent longer but we were en route travelling home so had to leave a little early. You can't get to the priory through the gardens but if you walk out of the gardens and turn left you can visit, it doesn't cost anything.

I'd definitely go back and would recommend, especially if you have kids.
Written April 15, 2022
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redorb71
Derby, UK1 contribution
A seriously overpriced £6.50 a ticket! I was expecting a well maintained garden, full of exotic, wonderful and colourful plants with, perhaps, information about them should I wish to purchase that variety for my garden. Instead it was ok in places, interspersed with weeds and half dead plants. Twenty minutes and we had exhausted it, including the maze! As a keen, amateur Gardner, I was hoping to be inspired. Instead, I felt ripped off and annoyed. There wasn’t a single member of staff maintaining the grounds. The only thing that they are looking after is the cash till. Management take note...this is not good value at all and anyone who writes otherwise has got more money than sense! Save your money and walk around a park...it’s free!
Written June 8, 2021
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Rach13H
Bedfordshire, UK682 contributions
Despite some heavy rain and thunder we had a pleasant stroll around the gardens.

To be honest, I wouldn't pay any more than the current £6.50 entry fee. I just didn't get that "WOW" factor that I expected and that other gardens I've visited for a similar price have provided. We didn't feel that the gardens had been that well cared for and there was a mishmash of plants, which didn't really match the various garden names.

The maze was quite fun; kept us entertained for a while particularly as we got completely lost in it!

We headed over to the café for a hot drink and a snack before we left. We were asked by a staff member in the café if we had booked, but unfortunately we didn't realise we had to.

Thankfully a table had just become free and the staff member was efficient in wiping it down for us. The menu did seem quite expensive, but the food appeared to be of good quality. I felt the staff listened to my dietary requirements well and the staff we saw in both the café and gift shop were polite and friendly.

Overall, the Priory Maze and Gardens kept us occupied for a couple of hours, but not an attraction we would go rushing back to and not really one we feel we can recommend.
Written August 3, 2021
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Jane W
Southampton, UK14 contributions
So glad we decided to visit. The gardens have a variety of themed zones. Lots to see , plenty of places to sit and admire the fabulous gardens. The maze is not as simple as you might think and is a challenge. The cafe does good food and the plants are well cared for in the sale centre. We really enjoyed it. Suitable for families with you g children too
Written June 16, 2022
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DesRB
Menai Bridge, UK111 contributions
The Priory Maze and Gardens are rather a hidden gem in Sheringham, probably because they are a few minutes’ walk outside the town and not particularly well signposted or advertised. They offer a pleasant alternative to the bustling high street for an hour or so, and can easily be part of a circular walk going across the common to the coast and back into town via the Beeston Bump. The garden is a real haven of tranquility for wildlife and plants, with a variety of short walks (Fern Walk, Pine Walk, etc), lots of quirky little features scattered around the place, a children’s play area, and of course the maze, which we found quite tricky to negotiate (at least there is a viewing platform near the centre so you can shout for help!!). The grounds also include a small gift shop and a café with delicious snacks and meals. Just outside the gardens are the ruins of the Beeston Regis Priory, which can be visited independently for no charge.
Written June 6, 2022
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saffycat78
Weymouth, UK4 contributions
Friends
Visited on one of the busiest days of the year for a drink.
During our visit and despite assurances the table would be cleared it wasn't for the duration of our stay.
Staff worked hard but were disorganised. £7.95 for three bottles of coke. Had the service been better I might have more readily accepted the vost
Written May 31, 2021
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crossfire3108
Lincolnshire115 contributions
We visited here with 2 dogs on a hot day and were pleased to find plenty of shade around the gardens to walk in. The gardens themselves are beautiful and very impressive with different areas to walk through and a lovely stream running all the way through - a real credit to the gardeners who look after them. We didn’t go in the maze, having been in previously and finding that it took quite a while to get out again! We had a delicious lunch in the cafe, and found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming. In fact, we returned again the following day for a 2nd visit.
Written June 18, 2022
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,591 contributions
Another first for us. This garden is a little gem and part of the BBC 2 for 1 garden scheme. It has plenty of parking, a cafe, and a small area of plant sales. There's a maze as the name suggests and a stream and water feature. Plenty of seats to sit and ponder. We only had a drink in the cafe but they also do meals and cake.

You can then leave the car in the car park and walk next door to Beeston Regis priory ruins which is what gives the garden its name and some of which you can see from the gardens.
Written May 30, 2022
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