All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical

Castle Acre Priory

Castle Acre Priory, Priory Rd, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2XD
0370 333 1181
Average time spent - 1 hours
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Things to do at Castle Acre Priory review

Castle Acre Priory is located in the village of Castle Acre in Norfolk. The site is maintained by English Heritage. The priory is thought to have been founded in 1089 and became a ruin due to the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid 16th century.

The site today is one of the largest and best-preserved monastic sites in England. It was home to the first Cluniac order of monks to England and their love of decoration are reflected in the extensive ruins. You can see the beautiful west end church gable, the prior’s lodging and substantial remains of many of the buildings around the cloister.

There are grounds to explore which make a great place to enjoy a picnic amongst the priory ruins. Indoors there is an interactive exhibition where you can find out how churches were made in Norman times. There is also a family trail leaflet where Brother Odo will help guide your kids around the priory and then out into the village to explore the Bailey Gate and Castle Acre castle. These are both, free to visit, English Heritage sites.

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FAQ and Further Information Castle Acre Priory

Is there food and drink available?

There is a vending machine selling hot drinks and snacks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

An extensive and beautiful ruined priory that you can explore, plus grounds, an interactive exhibition, a family trail and two other free places to see nearby. There are toilets, drinks and snacks.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £7.90 without donation, children 5-17 £4.70. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.

Is there parking?

There is limited free parking next to the shop and also in the village.

When are they open?

Castle Acre Priory is open for most of the year with some closure mid-week during autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs on lead allowed. Assistance dogs welcome.

Are they accessible?

Castle Acre Priory
Castle Acre Priory
Castle Acre Priory
Castle Acre Priory
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