Norton Priory Museum Trust, Tudor Road, Runcorn, Manor Park, Cheshire, WA7 1SX
Tel: 01928 569895 or visit Norton Priory website for details of opening times and admission fees.
This museum site (one of the largest excavated monastic sites in Europe) covers 39 acres of grounds includes woodland, the priory remains, and a Georgian walled garden (of two and a half acres) dating from the 1760s and restored in the 1980s. This garden has been re-created as a typical Georgian kitchen garden, with a pear orchard, fruit and vegetables. A rose walk and colour borders add to the attraction, as does a wildflower meadow. The garden also contains an ice house, and unusual species of fruit trees, including some of the National Collection of quince (Cydonia oblonga) – the rest (there are 20 in all) are elsewhere on the site.
There’s also a medieval-style herb garden to enjoy, and the woodland has been enhanced with a sculpture trail.