Creake Abbey

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The ancient ruins of Creake Abbey dating from the 13th century, including presbytery and north transept with chapel, lie in a beautiful and tranquil valley set in 40 acres of meadow in the stunning north Norfolk countryside. The ruins tell the tale of the abbey’s varying fortunes; what survives are the atmospheric remains of the abbey church. 

Creake Abbey probably had its origins in 1206 when Sir Robert and Lady Alice de Nerford established the small chapel of St Mary of the Meadows at Lingerescroft, bordering the tiny River Burn, which still flows through the farm and past the abbey today.  In 1217 they founded the Hospital of St Bartholomew there and when the establishment embraced the rule of St Augustine the chapel became a priory, prompting extensions to both the church and priory buildings.

In 1225 Henry III elevated the priory to abbey status and it benefited from many generous donations.  During this era the abbey thrived holding markets, sanctioned by the king, and providing fresh fruit and food to locals as well as herbal medicines. A fire around 1484 left the abbot petitioning the king for help.  The abbey was drastically reduced in size, with arches and windows blocked. Then a pestilence struck with the last abbot dying alone.  In 1506 the lands at Creake Abbey were settled on Christ’s College Cambridge by Margaret Beaufort, grandmother of Henry VIII where an archive survives, full of documents worthy of much more investigation.

The site is now in the care of English Heritage and accessible to the public year-round, free of charge. You can take a guided walk that passes by the abbey ruins, starting and beginning at the The Barn Café where you can enjoy beautiful seasonal food. The Café also offers great barista coffee, delicious cakes and traybakes, afternoon tea and platters. With a wealth of seasonal and home-grown Norfolk produce on our doorstep we will use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

You will also find Creake Abbey’s Courtyard - home to an array of locally owned shops and services. We are proud to offer truly independent shopping in the heart of north Norfolk. Antiques, vintage clothes, designer childrens’ wear and toys, decorative home wares, flowers and floral arrangements, frames, framing and jewellery plus hair and beauty!

Free admission to the site. Separate charge for certain special events (see website for details and opening times).



  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property
  • Regional Tourist Board Member


Shopping at Creake AbbeyCreake Abbey - Shopping, FakenhamCreake Abbey’s Courtyard is home to an array of locally owned shops and services. We are proud to offer truly independent shopping in the heart of north Norfolk.

Creake Abbey Farmers' MarketCreake Abbey - Farmers' Market, FakenhamThe award-winning Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of each month (excluding January) with over 50 stalls offering offering fresh local produce and flowers and plants in season.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:
From Norwich take the A1067 and then the B1355.

Public Transport Directions

By Public Transport: From Sheringham station it is 8.5 miles to Creake Abbey.

Creake Abbey


North Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9LF

Tel: 07801 418907

Opening Times

* Abbey ruins open every day - free entry, free parking.
The Barn Café opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9.30am to 4pm
Please check the website for more info and seasonal opening dates.

Shops, services and gallery open 5 - 7 days a week. Check footer at for full information.

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