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Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Runcorn

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  • Been today. absolutely beautiful the museum is fantastic so much to see and do. The staff are great and are so knowledgeable about the priory the grounds are a pleasure to walk around the walled garde...  more »
  • My family love comeing here so much to learn and all the activitirs they love to join in lovely gardens cafe and some brilliant looks in to how we use yo live xx  more »
  • Amazing place well worth the money for a visit for a family or a couple just after some time even gardens where lovely  more »
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  • Children liked it, adults not so sure, I explain why......So a family ticket cost 21.20 with gift aid ( not offered any other option which was fine as I'd intended to take this option, but choice should be offered). Lovely clean new displays, many of them interactive, several of which were not working but not enough to mar the visit. So three main section to explore indoors then a walk around the ruins, a further walk to the walled garden which unfortunately we couldn't get in to see due to an already made GP appt. We asked if we could return with the ticket and we're told " It's a day ticket" ( so NO! basically ). This was a big shame. I'm trying to encourage my children to explore the outdoors and respect the past. There are some lovely explorer jackets that you can borrow that they put to good use. We have been to National Trust properties that are far bigger and with a basic free map, explanations and larger grounds so the price was really rather steep for what we managed to see, and what was there. Cafe was in operation but no clear prices, full menu was available but not on display so you had to guess what was on offer, having said that quick service, sandwiches a bit more pricey than I'd expect for very basic looking fare. Overall on the plus side very friendly staff, quick cafe service, lovely grounds and walks Negatives ( please see this a constructive feedback) overpriced compared to other similar properties, consider offering tickets to the different sections to be explored on consecutive days even LEGO land does that! Please put full menu on display, please offer a simple map of the area outside, finally please make it clear if there are special offers including how to get local tickets and " season tickets". I enjoyed my day though I can't afford to return to see the walled garden given the current pricing structure. All members of my family party have contributed their thoughts about the day in order for me to do this review.
  • Wish we had more time here, the gardens are superb; we explored the museum and were impressed with the history and discovery; the gardens are beautiful (don't miss the secret walled garden!) and well kept. Will definitely back with a picnic for a longer visit soon!
  • Hidden gem, lots to do for the little ones and a good community cafe. Directly opposite is the walled gardens with a cafe that makes its own ice cream which is beautiful.
  • The staff welcome you and they very helpful also nothing is a problem plus it's full of things to do and you can also see lots of history and there is refreshments which let's you stay out a lot longer and you pickup little things for the kids and adults and to top it 20min from are home witch is okay with us as we can use are scooters thank you for a lovely place for us to come to ms chris Simpson x
  • Well worth a visit. The new building is great and blends well with the lovely surroundings. If you get there early enough or visit during off peak season, it's also very peaceful.

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