Overview

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 HHA 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
Opening

2020

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

House: Not open in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Find Us
Find us

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.

 

Taxi

Derek Johns Taxis 0790 0058 799

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free except on charity days. 

House: £15 

Under 16: free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome visits from groups. 

Please contact us to arrange: info@nortonconyers.org.uk 

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

The garden at Norton Conyers is often referred to as a secret garden and has a magical quality to it.  It has an intimate and romantic feel and is surrounded by woods and overlooking fine parklands.  

The garden is unique and can cater for small intimate wedding receptions to large scale receptions. 

Your can entertain your guests in the garden's most picturesque feature, the 18th-century Orangery.

Southward-facing, hung with roses, with its ornamental pond and fountain before it, it commands a fine view of the ornamental iron gate and the parkland beyond.

The paths are flanked by traditional herbaceous borders, together with gold and silver plants, old-fashioned peonies, irises and high yew hedges.

You may have use of the garden from Thursday to Sunday morningso you have plenty of time to put your stamp on the venue.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Located in the North Yorkshire countryside, near the cathedral city of Ripon, our beautiful 18th-century walled garden can accommodate a wide range of events.

 

Facilities

  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

Investec held a highly successful garden party for over 300 of their clients in a marquee in the walled garden. They were delighted with the venue, the abundant flowers and the fact it is relatively unknown so for most clients. The venue was an unexpected surprise and the event was a huge success.


Opening
Opening

2020

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

House: Not open in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Find Us
Find us

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.

 

Taxi

Derek Johns Taxis 0790 0058 799

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free except on charity days. 

House: £15 

Under 16: free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome visits from groups. 

Please contact us to arrange: info@nortonconyers.org.uk 

Other opening

Garden Charity Openings 2020 – Entrance fee for the charity – Homemade Cakes and Teas served.

  • Sunday7th June – National Gardens Scheme
  • TBA – Amnesty
  • TBA – St Michael's Hospice

Norton Conyers's history and features

Norton Conyers is a late medieval manor house with Stuart and Georgian additions.

First mentioned in Domesday Book in 1086 but recent discoveries suggest there was a habitation here in Viking times. It is one of the most complex timber-framed houses in the country and except for the twenty years between 1862 and 1882, has been in the Graham family since 1624. The family had important connections with the Stuart family; both Charles I and James II stayed here while travelling to Scotland. The house has been much loved and had a great deal of rebuilding and restoration. Many visitors have remarked upon its notably friendly atmosphere which we believe, results from so many years of occupation by the same family.

The exterior has distinctive Dutch-style gables whilst the interior contains fine 18th century plaster ceilings in the principal rooms, fine furniture, and accumulated family pictures, especially portraits and a famous John Ferneley hunting group, 'The Quorn Hunt in 1822'.

The house has received many noteworthy visitors over the years including Charles 1 in 1633, James II and his wife in 1679 (the room and the bed they traditionally used are still on display), and Charlotte Brontë in 1839.

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Fun Facts

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte visited Norton Conyers in 1839 when the family to whom she was governess were in the vicinity.  She was reportedly much interested by the family legend of a madwoman confined in an attic room during the previous century. (The room in question still exists, though inaccessible to visitors).  

It is believed our madwoman became the original, or an original, of the mad Mrs Rochester in 'Jane Eyre', and the house, both inside and out, gave her many ideas for 'Thornfield Hall'.

The discovery in 2004 of a concealed staircase connecting our main staircase landing to our attics, exactly resembling one described in the novel, aroused world-wide interest.