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Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

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Address: Tudor Road | Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX, England
Phone Number: +44 1928 569895
12:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 16:00

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The new museum tells a great story

The new museum is built around the under croft part of the old priory. There are interactive displays and many pieces of archaeological finds which help to tell the story of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
Paihia, New Zealand
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First time I have been for about 30 years. The lady on reception was very friendly and the cafe and cafe staff were nice. The remains of the abbey are a little underwhelming although of great historical significance and while the woods were pleasant the signpost to a canal did not lead me to the canal. There was an interesting... More 

Thank Stebay66
Runcorn, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I visited on a rainy mid-week day but undaunted we walked into the new visitor centre and received a very warm welcome. The exhibits and new viewing gallery served their purpose but were unimaginative in the way that information was displayed. With the amount of money spent I imagined monastic and/or Victorian tour guides, 3-D displays showing... More 

Thank Ruthsad
Paihia, New Zealand
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The new museum is built around the under croft part of the old priory. There are interactive displays and many pieces of archaeological finds which help to tell the story of the development of the priory and what happened after the dissolution. It is set within over 40 acres of green space so you can explore the walled garden and... More 

Thank johnchemistry
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Nice museum with an interesting history. The gardens are nice to walk around. Very peaceful. Excellent apple festival in October!

Thank Ben K
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38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Haven't been to Norton Priory since a school trip so I cant compare this to before the recent large scale refurbishment. I went with a friend who is local and familiar with the area as I can understand why some people get lost especially with massive roadworks in the local area. The official website recommends using the address nit the... More 

Thank Missus_Cheesy
Runcorn, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great place for all the family. Interactive history and a lovely cafe to visit. Then wander around the gardens.

Thank hilary566
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Norton priory today for the quince and apple event and had a fantastic time. The boys were thoroughly entertained taking part in willow weaving and potter's wheel activities. The participants in this event really took the time to make this day special. Also very impressed by the produce from the garden - have come home with bags of... More 

Thank Karen W
Warrington, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Living in Warrington, I couldn't believe that this place was so close by and yet we'd never been before! Recently reopened with a new museum/ visitors centre, there are lots of activities to keep the children occupied and interactive information displays. On entering we were greeted warmly by a lady who told us the best order to see the site.... More 

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Had a fantastic day here, we started off by being greeted by a lovely lady who explained your best route round if interested in learning about the history before visiting the ruins so we started off upstairs and then proceeded through the beautiful Undercroft into the very informative museum. Being the most excavated site there are many unique items spanning... More 

1 Thank Mandy P
Stockport, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Decided to visit after seeing on local BBC news new museum had opened. What a waste of money, time and my birthday!. Not been to this place for about 17 years. Car park dreadful, unfinished, ladies toilets very dirty, one WC not working and two basins overflowing with water, mud all over floor. Sort of greeted at reception desk by... More 

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NortonPrioryMuseum, Manager at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Junocat16, I'm sorry you were disappointed with your visit, and can understand your qualms about the car park. Sadly, car parks are expensive and tricky to find funding for but we are fortunate that there are at least plenty of spaces directly adjacent to the museum and that the five blue badge spaces are of good quality even if... More 

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