Castle Acre Priory can be a great trip out with kids, with an evocative fortress to explore alongside gores grounds populated with barn owls, little owls, rabbits and grey squirrels! Climb the spiral staircase up to the old lodgings (carefully!) and get some smashing views which make a great backdrop for a family photo.
This important Norfolk visitor attraction is one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090. It was the home of the first Cluniac order of monks to England and the Cluniac love of decoration is everywhere reflected in the extensive ruins.
There is much to see at the priory for those with a love of history and a good imagination, including the beautiful west end church gable, prior's lodging and substantial remains of many of the buildings round the cloister. The fragrant and fascinating recreated herb garden grows plants which the monks would have used for medicinal, culinary and even decorative purposes. Visitors wanting a bit more in depth can find out more about this beautiful priory from the exhibition, display of artefacts and audio tour.
You can also run around in the ground and roll down the hill, plus there are picnic benches available next to the Priory. Ideal for polishing off a sunny afternoon's family day out!
25 March - 30 September: Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm October: Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm Nov - March Weekends 10.00am - 4.00pm
Pricing & Tickets
Adult: £6.60 Child (5 to 15 years): £4.00 Concession: £5.90 Family (2 adults, 3 children): £17.20
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Yes, there is parking onsite and nearby.