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.