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 parking
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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.


The 18th century garden was established in the 1760s and has been cared for 6 generations of the Graham family. A plantsman’s garden, with a beautiful Orangery and a established potager garden. An early example of double heated walls.
There are plants grown in the garden available for sale and when available fruit, cut flowers and vegetables.

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.


Norton Conyers Hall will unfortunately be closed to the public in 2023 due to major building work.

Our walled garden will be open 10-4pm, Monday to Friday from the 1st May 2023 until 29th
September 2023.

It is also open on Bank Holidays 2-5pm: 9th and 10th April, 1st and 29th May, 28th August.
Closed on the Coronation Bank Holiday.

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.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit free except on charity days.

House: £15

Under 16: free


Garden £4

Group Visits

Group tours of the garden by owners and head gardener available by arrangement. This can also include areas normally closed to the public including the grounds, and 18th century Stables which featured recently in “All Creatures Great and Small”. If repairs permit, tours of work in progress in the house will be available -please email for further information at

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Wath, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5EQ

Norton Conyers is 4 miles north of Ripon on the road to Wath, and 3.5 miles from the A1; turn off at the Baldersby flyover onto the A61 to Ripon and turn right at the road signposted Melmerby.

norton conyers on map

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