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Castle Acre Priory
- Castle Acre Priory
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- 1000AD - 1099AD
- Castle Acre
- Bayham Old Abbey , Fountains Abbey,
about Castle Acre Priory
Castle Acre Priory was a monastery founded in 1090 AD by William de Warenne, the Second Earl of Surrey. Inspired by the French monastery of Cluny, de Warenne built Castle Acre Priory in its image. The result was an impressive and ornately decorated medieval monastic structure later accompanied by a twelfth century church.
Castle Acre Priory survived until 1537, when it became one of many monasteries to be dissolved by Henry VIII. Today, the ruins and remains of Castle Acre Priory form one England’s largest monastic sites and, managed by English Heritage, it offers visitors an insight into the history of the order of the Cluniacs.
There are several exhibitions at Castle Acre Priory, including a recreation of the monks’ herb garden and displays of original artefacts. Audio guides are available, making the site easy to navigate and understand. A visit usually last around a couple of hours.
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Address: Priory Road, Castle Acre, Norfolk, PE32 2XD
Phone: +44(0)1760 755394
Castle Acre Priory is located less than a mile west of village of Castle Acre in Norfolk, off Priory Road. Castle Acre is approx. 34 miles west of the city of Norwich, taking the A47 and then the A1065. It is also 50 miles north of Cambridge taking the A14, then the A11 and then the A1065. Bus routes 1 and 32 stop near the site.
Castle Acre Priory is open daily except that from 1 April-30 September and from 1 October-1 March it is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Closed 24-26 December and 1 January. It opens 10am-5pm (to 6pm July-August and to 4pm October-March). Admission costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children, £12.50 for families and is free for English Heritage members. Further concessions are available.
There’s a shop and refreshments as well as parking 100 metres away. Disabled access to the ground floor and grounds only. Audio guides available with hearing loop.
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