Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Its museum opened in August 2016 following a major HLF funded redevelopment project and displays thousands of objects from Tudor shoes to the incredible medieval statue of St Christopher. Visitors can explore the 12th century undercroft building and priory ruins, or venture further into the surrounding woodland to discover secret summer houses and stream glades. The beautiful 2.5 acre Georgian walled garden is a hidden gem with fruit trees, herb garden and rose walk. Home to the National Collection of Quince, it is surrounded by a pear orchard, wildflower meadow and woodland. There is always something new to enjoy with trails and hands-on activities.
Most of the site is wheelchair friendly although the ruins are difficult to navigate and the paths in the Walled Garden are not paved. There is blue badge parking in the museum carpark and limited spaces at the Walled Garden in front of the gardener's cottage and entrance.
The Brooke café at the museum is open during the same hours as the museum and serves hot meals and a full range of sandwiches, soups, home-made cake, teas and coffees. It also serves the famous Norton Priory brewery ale and Norton Priory ice-cream.
The tea rooms at the Walled Garden are open from 11am until 4pm everyday between April through October and serves teas, coffees and home-made cakes.
From the M56, leave on Junction 11 following the A56 (Chester Road) then turn left onto the A558 (Daresbury Expressway). Take the second exit at the roundabout (A558) and then take the next exit for Norton Priory, following the brown attraction signage.
Satellite Navigation: Tudor Road, WA7 1BD
|April - October:||10am - 5pm Daily|
|November - March:||11am - 4pm Daily|
The Norton Priory Trust relies on the generous support of our visitors, individuals, trusts and foundations and is managed by the Norton Priory Museum Charitable Trust (#504870).
As a member you can make a vital contribution to the museum's work, as well as enjoying a whole range of benefits including free entry, discounts and exclusive members-only events.
Your support helps us to continue caring for the heritage of Norton Priory and Halton Castle, as well as ensuring an exciting programme of research, education and events.
You could help in our gardens, care for our collections, or help with school sessions and our fantastic events. We have a number of roles available - no experience necessary.