Is Norton Priory Dog Friendly?

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens welcomes dogs on leads in the atrium, medieval ruins and woodlands. Dogs are not permitted in the museum galleries, walled garden or café except on dedicated ‘Paws at the Priory’ days when all areas except inside the café are open to dogs. Visit our events page for details of forthcoming events.

How does the admission fee support Norton Priory?

We receive no government funding which is why your admission fee is vital in helping us to maintain our fantastic programmes and preserving our unique heritage. This includes caring for our wonderful objects, sharing our history, running our community programmes and ensuring that Norton Priory Museum & Gardens can be enjoyed today and in the future.

How does Gift Aid help Norton Priory?

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can choose to Gift Aid your admission which includes a voluntary contribution of 10%*. This means that we can reclaim 25% of the full ticket price back from the Government - helping your money go even further. For example, a Gift Aided adult ticket costing £11.00 means that we will actually receive £13.75.

*You can only donate Gift Aid if you pay income or capital gains tax in the UK. Your donations will qualify as long as they’re not more than 4 times what you have paid in tax in that tax year (6 April to 5 April).

Does Norton Priory offer discounted entry?

Discounted entry is available for advance group bookings of over 12 people. Please contact us for group rates and tour options.

For great offers and year-round access, consider taking out a membership. We have three packages, a single adult membership, a joint adult membership (2 adults) and a family membership (2 adults + 3 children).

Does Norton Priory have on-site car parking?

We have three car parks: the main visitor centre car park, an overflow carpark which is often used on event days and a smaller car park at the Walled Garden (seasonal opening only). All Norton Priory car parks remain free of charge for museum visitors, but please be considerate when parking your vehicle. The disabled parking spaces must only be used by blue badge holders.

Is Norton Priory an accessible site?

The visitor centre and exhibition galleries are all accessible, with a lift available for access to the first-floor gallery. There are no steps on the main entrances and exits to the visitor centre. The Undercroft has ramps available to help maximise access, but as an original medieval structure, some areas are not fully accessible. Likewise, the archaeological remains or ruins of the monastic complex are not fully accessible, due to limitations of the historic nature of this part of the site.

All paths behind the visitor centre have been resurfaced, with the majority being flat or with gentle inclines. There are two stepped parts along the stream glade path: our team will be only too happy to identify these on your arrival upon request.

The path leading to the Walled Garden, which is closed in the winter season, has also been resurfaced, with most of the paths in the Walled Garden being gravelled.

The museum has a limited number of wheelchairs available for loan upon request. We recommend calling in advance of your visit to reserve one should you require the loan of a wheelchair for your visit. We also offer free entry for carers.

There is blue badge parking outside the main entrance to the museum and at the Walled Garden.

The museum has a fully accessible toilet. For visitors who require seating, we have a range of seats at different points within the grounds and within the Walled Garden. There is also seating available in the visitor centre atrium.

Our team is always ready to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors, so if you have any questions about your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is Norton Priory’s admission policy?

There is a charge for accessing Norton Priory. As a charity, every penny we receive goes towards caring for our grounds, collection and museum to make it a beautiful and welcoming haven for all our visitors. Only ticket holders are permitted entrance to the visitor centre, museum galleries, woodland and Walled Garden.

Access to the café and the museum shop does not require an entry ticket.

Our membership prices are great value if you’d like to visit again and again.