Castle Acre Priory - English Heritage

Castle Acre Priory - English Heritage
Castle Acre
Swaffham
Norfolk
PE32 2XD
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/castle-acre-castle-acre-priory/

Telephone

01760 755394

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An exterior view of Castle Acre Priory

One of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England, the foundation of Castle Acre Priory in about 1090 sprang directly from a visit by William de Warenne II and his wife Gundrada to the great French monastery of Cluny. So impressed were they by its beauty and holiness that they vowed to introduce the Cluniac order of monks to England.

There is much more to see at the priory, including the substantial remains of many of the buildings round the cloister. The recreated herb garden next to the visitor centre grows herbs which the monks would have used for medicinal, culinary and decorative purposes.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site, Sacred space

Opening hours

1-31 Oct daily 10am-4pm, 1 Nov-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges

5.60/5.00/3.40/14.60

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Medieval Life and Times

  • 26 — 27 July 2014 10am-5pm

Journey back to the 1400s and immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of medieval England. Learn all about the weapons of the time, and enjoy traditional cookery demonstrations. Plus, for the kids there is a chance to take part in a special knights drill. Swords will be wielded and helmets battered as medieval combat is displayed in front of your eyes. Sharpen your swords for a day out to remember.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Medieval Falconry

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 10am-5pm

Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and fearsome falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds. Hear revealing facts, tales and legends from Medieval England whilst these amazing birds swoop overhead.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Medieval Realms Discovery Visit

Once a major settlement with a castle and priory, today Castle Acre is a picturesque village and an ideal base for exploring a medieval settlement and its characters through storytelling. Sessions can be adapted for different age groups, providing a sound basis for local study at KS2 or for study of political power from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, History

How to obtain

Call 01223 582732 to arrange a 1 1/2 hour storytelling session. Please allow enough time to explore the castle and village before or after. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19492 for more information.

After the Monks Discovery Visit

Join the Duke of Norfolk as he inspects his manor of Castle Acre and discover the impact of the Dissolution of the Monasteries on the lives of ordinary people in Tudor England. A mixture of tours and hands-on activities at this beautiful site.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 2 History

How to obtain

Call 01223 582732 to arrange a 1 1/2 hour session on weekdays during term time. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19492 for more information.

Crafty Castle Acre Discovery Visit

Use this beautiful site to inspire creativity, collect ideas for your own design and make your own decorative tile. Interactive and practical sessions will increase understanding of the skills of medieval craftsmen and the significance of the decorations they created.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, Art and Design, History

How to obtain

Call 01223 582732 to arrange a 1 1/2 hour workshop on Monday, Thursday or Friday. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19492 for more information.

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