Binham Priory

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St Mary’s Priory is a stunning Benedictine ruin set among gentle rolling hills in North Norfolk. The priory was founded in the late 11th Century and much remains above ground, with information panels and artwork showing what the buildings would have looked like hundreds of years ago. The ruins are set away from any busy roads, allowing a sense of solitude and chance to relax among beautiful surroundings.

The beginning of the route follows the quiet country lane that passes alongside the ruins and towards stone-built cottages on the western side of Binham. The views to the north from this country lane are beautiful. The route then turns off to follow a public footpath through agricultural fields back to the main village of Binham. Again from this footpath there are fantastic views to the surrounding countryside. The end of the walk explores the main village, passes the small shop and approaches the priory ruins along a public footpath. The church is well worth a look inside, with more of a cathedral feel than a parish church! There is a small section inside dedicated to displaying artefacts that were discovered during the excavation of the priory ruins. Some of them are facinating - do have a look!

England - East England - Norfolk - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Wildlife
1/15/2021 - Paul Oakes

A terrific short walk and close to home. The priory was sadly closed due to lockdown so we were unable to have a wander inside. The priory ruins are amazing, it must have been a quite fabulous building when standing complete. All walking details still hold, the only minor issue is the footpath sign at point 3 is pretty much hidden from view due to the hedge. The walk is also slightly further at 3.5 miles.

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