Tourist Information in Cumbria and The Lake District
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Cartmel Town Information

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Cartmel Priory - Photo © George Ford
Cartmel Priory - Photo: George Ford CCL

This is one of the oldest villages in Cumbria and lies on the River Eea within striking distance of lakes Windermere, Coniston and Hawkshead. Its famous priory is 800 years old and is regarded by experts as one the finest ecclesiastical buildings in the north of England. The village reeks of a bygone age, with cobbled pavements, ancient streets and old buildings. The Gatehouse dates to 1340.

The village is a popular destination for lovers of horse racing – Cartmel Races are staged here on Spring Bank and August Bank holidays.