Norton Priory Gardens is a fantastic day out, with excavated medieval ruins, the spectacular St Christopher statue, the lovely Walled Garden and the extensive woodland and sculpture trail.
The 2 acre Walled Garden was built between 1757 and 1770 for the Brooke family, the owners of Norton Priory. When the Brookes left Norton Priory, it became neglected and overgrown, until work began in 1980 by Runcorn Development Corporation to reclaim it.
The garden was featured on BBC TV's "Hidden Gardens" series with Chris Beardshaw.
The Walled Garden has been recreated as a typical Georgian Walled Garden. It was essentially a kitchen garden, and would have been the source of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the mansion house. Today there is an orchard, a fruit garden, a vegetable garden, various ornamental borders and the beautiful Rose Walk.
Norton Priory is home of the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga). These are dotted around the garden and the site and include 20 different varieties. The Walled Garden is also the location of a number of Norton Priory's "hidden gems", including the Ha Ha Wall, the Ice House and the Wildflower Meadow.
The plant fair is held just outside the walled garden
Entry to the plant fair is free.
Also running on 26th April is a willow workshop, cost £30 per person, please see the Norton Priory website, www.nortonpriory.org for more details.
The Walled Garden will be open with an admission price of £3.50 (optional).
A special entry rate of £2.40 is available for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people to the Walled Garden. Contact email@example.com to arrange.
Please note: the Museum is closed during 2016 for a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.
Nurseries confirmed for 29 April 2017 are:
Norton Priory is less than 30 minutes by car from Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. From M56, Junction 11, turn for Warrington and follow the Norton Priory signs. From all other directions follow the "All other Runcorn Traffic" and then the Norton Priory signs.
The Norton Priory Museum Trust.
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens,
Tudor Road, Manor Park,
For SATNAV please use WA7 1BD
There is free car parking.