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Churches & Cathedrals in Cumbria & The Lake District

Heritage sites also including abbeys, religious monuments in Cumbria & The Lake District...

Cumbria & The Lake District Cathedrals, Historic Churches, Abbeys

Furness Abbey

Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0PJ
Tel: 01229 823420

Furness Abbey was one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England, exceeded only by Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The soaring ruins of red sandstone soak up the grandeur of this 700 year old site. Located in a peaceful valley, the majestic remains of Furness Abbey once housed the flourishing community of a wealthy order. With the aid of an audio tour, or the comprehensive guidebook you can walk around the many buildings with made up the Abbey, including the Precinct and Outer Court, the Church with its North and South Transept and Tower, the Cloister Court, Chapter House, the dormitory, infirmary and kitchen.

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Lanercost Priory Ruins

Lanercost Priory, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HQ
Tel: 01697 73030

The remainder of the Priory, second only to Furness Abbey in interest as a ruin, is now in the hands of English Heritage. There are the remains of the North and South Transepts, the Choir, the Sanctuary and the Cellarium. The Prior's House, originally a Pele Tower, was converted after the Dissolution into a private dwelling for the Dacres. Within the ruins are several interesting tombs, including that of Sir Thomas Dacre. An audio guided tour of the ruins is available from the English Heritage shop. There is a book and gift shop in the English Heritage ticket office, and also in the Parish Church. There are occasionally craft fairs held in the Dacre Hall.

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The Mysterious Bears of Dacre

Dacre churchyard - Photo © Humphrey Bolton
Dacre churchyard -
Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL


Nestling on the edge of the Lake District, West of Penrith, is the tiny village of Dacre.

As visitors enter the village, the most noticeable building is The Horse and Farrier, an eighteenth century coaching inn.

Stop here for a pint of beer, home-cooked food and a warm welcome. More...

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