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Museum and Ruins

Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site is Europe. Still surviving is the 12th century undercroft in which all 900 years of its history can be seen, from the fabulous medieval vaulting to Georgian wine bins and decorative Victorian tiles.

The rest of the ruins were extensively excavated in the 1970s and 80s and today the whole layout from the monastic complex can be seen and explored.

The museum hosts the huge collection of archaeological material discovered during the course of the excavations. These collections include one of the most important and extensive medieval tile collections in the UK, intricately carved sculpture, human remains, metalwork and leather. Personal items that tell the everyday story of the canons  such as shoes, bowls and spoons can be seen alongside decorative gravestones, coins and skeletons whose former lives are vividly brought to life by facial reconstructions and the Trust’s active research programme.

The museum was recently redeveloped thanks to a £3.9m HLF grant and as well as state of the art displays, hosts a range of interactives for children and fabulous views overlooking the ruins.