Norton Conyers

Anglo-Saxon foundations to a house known now for its pink hue, Dutch gables and literary connections.

Wath, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5EQ

Norton Conyers in Yorkshire
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Free parking
  • Picnic area
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
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Norton Conyers has a special atmosphere, resulting from almost 400 years of occupation by the same family.  Recent excavations have shown that the house’s origins are Anglo-Saxon.

Notable visitors to Norton Conyers have included Charles I, James II and Charlotte Bronte, with who we have close links.  A family legend inspired her mad Mrs Rochester and the house gave her ideas for “Thornfield Hall”.

There have been many discoveries during restoration work and in 2014 the house was the winner of the Historic Houses Sotheby’s Restoration Award.

The 2.5 acre romantic walled garden stands near the house. Laid out c.1760, retaining the essential features of its original design, the garden is still used for its original purpose, supplying the house with flowers, fruit and vegetables.

The plants used in the garden are sympathetic to its surroundings and the gardens are planted using traditional methods, which benefit the abundant varied wildlife.

Opening Times


Garden: All year round, Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter), and Sundays until the end of August, 2pm to 5pm.

House: Post restoration opening times for the house yet to be published. Visit their website for further information.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Historic Houses members visit free except on charity days.

House: £15

Under 16: free

Group Visits

We welcome visits from groups.

Please contact us to arrange:

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
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for the latest information.

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