Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is Europe’s most excavated monastic site, a scheduled monument, and the medieval Undercroft is a Grade 1 listed building.
Tucked away at the end of a business park, we are not visible from the road and consider ourselves one of the North West’s best kept secrets. Discover 900 years of stories at our unique site which has been home to a medieval Priory, an Abbey, a Tudor house and a Georgian Mansion.
Say hello to our 14th century St. Christopher statue and explore the ruins of the medieval priory complex, before discovering the story of our past in our two exhibition galleries. You’ll see the archaeological finds from the digs held at the site and take a trip through time as you walk through the Victorian porch and medieval porch. After that, wander through woodland, along the stream glade and seek out the sculptures near the paths.
Younger visitors might want to try making a mud pie in our nature kitchen, letting the imagination run wild with lots more to discover in the woodland. Inside, there are plenty of opportunities for dressing up, and playing a game or two.
The Walled Garden offers a chance to explore the many flowers, fruits and vegetables planted inside its walls. From the Rose Walk to the Orchard, we let nature speak for herself and the beauty of the garden is different with each season. The garden is also home to the National Collection of Tree Quince, and, due to the climate within the Walled Garden, we are also able to grow more exotic plants such as kiwis, oranges and lemons.
While you’re there, why not treat yourself to some delicious food in our on-site café, or pick up some of our preserves in our gift shop?