Norton Priory Museum


Open every day, 10am – 5pm (11am – 4pm November to March)
Closed 24-26 December & 1 January

About this Museum

Norton Priory Museum is the Europe’s most excavated monastery. The museum (newly opened in 2016) tells the story of the priory from its foundation in 1134, through its dissolution under Henry VIII, to its later life as the home of the Brooke family for more than 400 years. The museum displays stone carvings, grave markers and other material from the monastery, and a giant medieval sculpture of St Christopher, one of the most impressive surviving pieces of 14th-century sculpture in the world.

The Norton Priory site covers 42 acres, and is a haven for wildlife. The grounds include woodland walks, a sculpture trail, a wildflower meadow and a stunning Georgian walled garden.

  • The walled garden is home to the National Collection of Tree Quince, celebrated at Apple and Quince Day each October.
  • The Norton Priory Museum and Gardens Trust also maintains nearby Halton Castle. This was the subject of a major archaeological dig in Summer 2015 that uncovered two skeletons which are currently undergoing radiocarbon dating.


Tudor Road
Manor Park
Cheshire WA7 1SX



Prices with Gift Aid

Adults £7.40

Concessions £6.55

Children £5.25

Family £21.20

Free admission for children under 4.



01928 569895

Visit info

Length of visit

From 2 hours to a whole day


Garden sculpture trail
Regular children’s craft and trail activities
Special events throughout the year, including annual Victorian Fun Day and Apple and Quince Day.
Adult courses in horticulture and traditional crafts run throughout the year.


Licensed wedding venue.
Gift shop, café, microbrewery and ice cream parlour on site.


Photography is allowed across the site.


Most of the site is wheelchair accessible although many paths are gravelled or uneven. Wheelchair loan service is available. Accessible toilet available.

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from M56, Junction 11. Alternatively, follow signs for ‘All other Runcorn traffic’ and then for Norton Priory.

Parking is free and there are spaces reserved for blue badge holders.

By train:

Nearest station is Runcorn

Mooring Points:

Bridgewater Canal

Nearest Venues