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Castle Acre Priory

Stocks Green, King's Lynn

Beautiful historic priory built in 1090. Explore the priors lodgings, ruins of the priory and cloister.

The dramatic and beautiful West Front was designed to emphasise the importance of the priory and it still impresses visitors today. Walk the ruins of the church including the Cloister and Chapter House before entering the Prior’s Lodgings and exploring the rooms inside.

Enjoy the wonderful grounds as you pick your perfect picnic bench spot to stop for a bite with the gorgeous views of Castle Acre Priory for company. Let little ones run around and let off steam as there’s plenty of room in the grounds!

Visit the stonework display in the Prior’s Lodgings and find out how churches were made in Norman times. Challenge yourself to have a go at the interactive exhibition to see if you have what it takes to be a medieval builder.

Grab a trail leaflet and meet Brother Odo as he helps guide you round Castle Acre Priory then out into the village to explore the Bailey Gate and Castle Acre Castle, both English Heritage free sites. Castle Acre was an important medieval village and this trail helps you imagine all the different jobs people did back then – whether they worked, fought or prayed.


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  • English Heritage Property
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Children welcome
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site
  • Free Parking
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Disabled access

Opening times

Last admission one hour before closing. Check English Heritage web site before travelling.


Castle Acre Priory,
Stocks Green,
Castle Acre,
King's Lynn,
PE32 2XD


By Road:
Take the A10 to King's Lynn.

By Public Transport:
From King's Lynn station it is 20 miles to Castle Acre Priory. Take either X1, 12A or 32 from the station. 48 or 68 minute journey plus 5 minute walk.

The nearest railway station is Kings Lynn, which is 14 miles away.

Nearby accommodation

  • Nightingale Cottage

    1, Sandles Court, Back Lane, Norfolk

    Well equipped, comfortable cottage with 3 separate bedrooms and delightful, secure courtyard garden. Located in historic and attractive hilltop village in mid Norfolk, perfect for holidays or short breaks for the whole family.