Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

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Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Gardens
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Boasting the priory ruins, 12th century undercroft (which is the last fully surviving part of the priory itself) and an 18th century Walled Garden, it is located within an oasis of 42 acres of tranquil woodland and wildflower meadows. The museum includes two exhibition galleries which explore the site's history, including the archaeological digs which took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Thousands of artefacts from Norton’s 900 year history are on display, including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St. Christopher, which features in Lucy M. Boston's classic children's book, 'The Children of Green Knowe'. We advise booking in advance via our website, or calling prior to visiting during our opening hours. Check the 'Events' section on our website to see what's coming up.
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C H
5 contributions
Quince and apple festival?
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited for the annual Quince and Apple festival, having not been for several years and having happy memories of a bustling event with music, falconry, workshops and a huge range of food and other stalls. It was disappointing to see only a few stalls this time. We enjoyed seeing the ruins, gardens and museum, as well as the moon art exhibit, but it wasn't the special event I was expecting.
Written October 11, 2021
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Thank you for leaving your feedback regarding our Quince and Apple Festival. We’re still very much living with the impacts of the pandemic, and our small team worked hard to be able to offer this event. Sadly, for a variety of reasons beyond our control, we were unable to provide the usual range of activities, but felt it important to provide as close to the usual experience as we could, in the circumstances. There was no additional charge for the Festival, but we hoped that the stalls and activities we were able to offer, combined with the additional opening hours for Museum of the Moon would help to make the day feel special. It's disappointing to hear that, despite our best efforts, we fell short of your expectations on this occasion. Planning for this event usually starts early, but we were hampered by the additional challenges facing us this year. We are hopeful of being able to return with a fuller offer for 2022.
Written October 13, 2021
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Supermiffed
Warrington, UK97 contributions
Perfect weather, perfect flora and friendly staff rounded off a great day.
Sep 2021 • Family
We have visited the walled garden in the past on several occasions. Always good but this visit was exceptional because the weather has been perfect.
The lady at the gate checking our tickets was very helpful, friendly and informative.
A nice touch was when she closed the ornate gate and moved out of the way so we could take good photos.
Lots of new plants on view as well as unusual fruit. (We purchased two jars of their honey)
We will certainly go again and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending a visit to Norton Priory Museum and Gardens.
Written September 17, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm so pleased to hear that you had such a good visit to the Walled Garden, and that our team member on the gate was so helpful. We very much look forward to seeing you again.
Written September 24, 2021
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Lin H
Liverpool, UK4 contributions
Hidden gem
Sep 2021 • Friends
Visited the Priory as part of a group and had a wonderful day The grounds are stunning the history facinating and made all the more special by the enthusiasm and knowledge demonstrated by Claire our guide The visitor centre and cafe are outstanding with staff all showing efficiency and a welcoming approach We could pre book lunch and so were all served an excellent fresh lunch within minutes of the tour ending Would definately recommend to others but beware of following Satnav using post code use postal address instead !!
Written September 10, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, and I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much! It sounds as though Claire really added to your day, so I'll be sure to let her know. Hope to see you again soon.
Written September 16, 2021
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William G
26 contributions
Excellent in all respects
Aug 2021 • Family
We have been visiting here for 30 years and always enjoyed ourselves. We had not visited since 2018 due to various circumstances and felt on this visit that it had become even better. Very friendly staff, excellent presentation of exhibits and plenty of activities and interest for a six year old. The cafe was extremely good with very reasonable prices and excellent food. The lemon meringue tartlets were probably the best I have ever tasted.
The walled garden is great and has lovely rose borders.
The whole museum site is restful and peaceful - even though it is so close to (and bisected by) a major road.
I will be taking out an annual membership as it is worth visiting regularly.
Written August 23, 2021
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Thank you so much for leaving us a review, it's very much appreciated. Thanks also for your kind comments about our staff, as we do strive to provide a warm and friendly welcome to all our visitors. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon!
Written August 26, 2021
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6Jean77
Chester, United Kingdom30 contributions
Surprisingly good.
Aug 2021 • Couples
We visited on a damp day after heavy rain but the visit was still brilliant. A warm welcome at reception with clear advice and a map. We started at the walled garden, battered by the rain but still lovely so hats off to gardeners and volunteers. Then to the Priory. Extremely well presented information boards and models, pictures and an overview of the Priory ruins then into the exhibition. Again it was really well laid out. We ran out of time so need to revisit.
Written August 10, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, and it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We work really hard to provide a good welcome, and I know the gardens team will be pleased to hear their hard work has been so appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you to our site again!
Written August 11, 2021
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Phil J
2 contributions
Perfect day
Jul 2021
Well displayed artifacts with good information exhibited with space to see around them and plenty of information on hand. The ruins are well maintained and again plenty of info boards, great woodland walk with hidden sculptures. The walled garden is calm and peaceful even in the rain!
The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, all in all a good place to visit, enjoy and come away with a feeling of satisfaction
Written July 28, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, and so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us, especially finding the hidden sculptures in the woodlands. We have a team of volunteers who help our team to keep the ruins looking their best, so I know they'll be delighted to see your comments about the ruins being well maintained. Hope to see you again soon!
Written July 30, 2021
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Margaret L
41 contributions
A hidden gem
Jul 2021
A stunning museum surrounded by calm and tranquil woodland. The exhibits brought the history of the site to life and the amount and quality of archeological finds were staggering. Do not be perturbed by the approach through a modern business park .
Written July 20, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to review Norton Priory Museum and Gardens. It is very much appreciated. Our museum galleries contain many of the finds from the excavations that were carried out here in the 1970s and 1980s, and help us to understand what life was like at Norton Priory in the past, both as a monastic site and later as home to the Brooke family. Hope to see you again soon!
Written July 26, 2021
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Alan H
1 contribution
Great place to visit.
Jul 2021 • Couples
Excellent place to visit. The history is so interesting. Beautiful walks around the grounds. The staff in museum and cafe are great
Written July 16, 2021
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Hello Alan, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review for Norton Priory, and for your kind words about our staff. Everyone works so hard to provide a friendly welcome here! We hope to see you again before too long!
Written July 17, 2021
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK605 contributions
An oasis of calm
Jun 2021
Extremely well-run museum, gardens and ruins. The modern visitor centre has been incorporated into the existing ruins and provides great vantage points from the upper floor that really allow you to visualise how the priory was laid-out.
Lots of informations and intearctive displays relating to the priory but also to the history of nearby Halton Castle.
It's also well worth making the short walk to the walled garden. Beautifully laid-out and well-kept.
It feels like you are out in the country, not in the middle of a light industrial area by a busy by-pass.
Well done to the management and staff. I will certainly go back!!
Written June 7, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, and I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The team here work really hard to ensure that our visitors enjoy their time exploring our history and the site itself, and it's very pleasing to know that our hard work has paid off. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Written July 4, 2021
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Elizabeth K
18 contributions
Another lovely day out
Jun 2021 • Family
Really beautiful grounds - rhodedendrons and the laburnum arch just at their best. Historic buildings really interesting, and plenty of information about the area if you wanted it. We mostly spent the day exploring the grounds with the toddler - she loved the climbing frame and the stream glade, and enjoyed the Al fresco musical instruments.
Written June 6, 2021
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So very pleased to hear you had such a good day exploring our site. We moved the musical instruments in the woodland this year, and they do seem to be getting even more attention in their new home. The stream glade is one of our favourite spots: we've seen foxes, herons and owls there in the past year. Hope to see you again very soon, and thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review.
Written July 4, 2021
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