Binham Priory is among the most complete and impressive monastic ruins in Norfolk. This Benedictine priory was founded in 1091 by Peter des Valoines, a nephew of William the Conqueror. Many of its priors were unscrupulous and the history of the priory is one of almost continuous scandal.
The nave of the priory church, with its splendid 13th century west front and fine tiers of Norman arches, is now the parish church, and displays the former rood screen with medieval saints overpainted with Protestant texts. The extensive ruins beyond emphasise the original size of the monastery.
Managed by Binham Parochial Church Council.
Read more about Binham Priory's history.
Before You Go
Access Information: There is a car par next to the site.
Opening Times: The monastic ruins are open any reasonable time during daylight hours. The priory church is open daily throughout the summer from 9am-6pm. During the winter the church is open 9am-4pm daily. View details.
Facilities: Toilets are available in the church.
School Visits/Large Groups: Please contact Binham Parochial Church Council before visiting.
Plan a Great Day Out
Any visitor to Binham Priory should also take in the Market Cross, the site of an annual fair from the time the Priory was founded up until the 1950s.
If you are interested in more Norman history in Norfolk, why not also visit the well preserved Castle Acre Priory, or the impressive edifice of Castle Rising Castle. You could even visit the tragic Creake Abbey or North Elmham Chapel along the way.
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