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From Norman to Georgian

  • Norton Priory exterior, Cheshire UK

    Norton Priory
  • Norton Priory, Cheshire UK

    Norton Priory, Cheshire UK
  • Norton Priory interior, Cheshire UK

    Norton Priory interior, Cheshire UK
  • Norton Priory Exhibition, Cheshire UK

    Norton Priory Exhibition, Cheshire UK
Cheshire
£26.50pp

Norton Priory

Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. The museum has just undergone a significant redevelopment.  It now tells the story from its foundation in 1134 through to present day. Highlights include the internationally significant twice life sized statue of St. Christopher. Experts believe that its carving dates back to the late 14th century. The museum also displays stone carvings and grave markers as well as other excavated material representing Norton Priory’s 900 year old history.  The tour includes the beautiful Grade I listed undercroft and the medieval priory ruins. In addition, you will hear the history of the Brooke family and see the reconstructed medieval herb garden (as seen on BBC2’s Hidden Gardens programme).

Lunch

After your morning visit, you will head off to the nearby Forest Hills Hotel for a delicious 2 course lunch. Set amidst beautiful Cheshire countryside, there are stunning panoramic views across the Cheshire plains and the Mersey Estuary for you to enjoy.

The Georgian Walled Garden

Following lunch, you will return to the site to continue your visit to Norton . In contrast to the ancient ruins of the Norman priory, discover the peace and tranquillity of the  Georgian Walled Garden.  The two and a half acre Garden has the design of a typical Georgian garden. Today there is an orchard, a fruit garden, a vegetable garden, various ornamental borders and the beautiful Rose Walk. 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. Additionally, the Garden is home to The National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga). These are dotted around the garden and the site and include 24 different varieties.

Please be aware that the Walled Garden does not have coach access; it is a 300m walk from the coach drop off point. The approach however is flat and even.


Dates

March - October 2018


10.30am

Meet your guide

Your guide will meet you en route to Norton Priory.

11.00am

Norton Priory New Visitor Centre

Explore this impressive new development taking you from Norman times to Georgian. You will be returning after lunch to visit the walled garden.

1.00pm

Lunch

A delicious 2 course carvery lunch will be served to you in this popular restaurant.

3.00pm

The Walled Garden.

After lunch, board your coach and head back towards Norton Priory to visit the stunning walled garden.

4.30pm

Depart for your journey home

 


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