The majestic red sandstone remains of this beautiful 12th-century abbey lie in a peaceful valley, which poet William Wordsworth called the ‘vale of nightshade’. View the fine stone carvings and visit the exhibition to find out more about the powerful religious community that was once based here. You can get some idea of the size of the community from the monks’ dormitory, which is 200 feet long.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Some low walls, steps, slopes, soft ground may be unsuitable for electric wheelchairs
- Facilities: Induction loop, handrails
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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