Wonderful Local Attractions

Here in South Cumbria there is a huge amount of facinating and exciting places to visit, what follows is a list of the historic places we love to visit:

Furness Abbey
English Heritage

The romantic ruins of a 12th Century abbey founded by Saviniac monks later replaced with Cistercians.

Highlight: the Crozier and Ring found in 2010

Dalton Castle
National Trust

A quaint yet imposing pele tower built by the monks of near by Furness Abbey as a defensive structure and court room.

Highlight: the 14th century dungeon

Piel Castle/Island
English Heritage

Ruins of a 14th Century castle built, again, by the monks of Furness Abbey as a fortified warehouse. The abbey stored produce here for exporting to the main land of England and to Ireland.

Highlight: the remains of the central keep

The Dock Museum

A brilliant museum about shipbuilding and the local area set into an original Victorian graving dock!

Highlight: the stone axe, blood axe, conquest gallery

Conishead Priory

Originally a 12th century priory, later rebuilt as a manor house turned convelesent home. Currently owned by Buddist monks the site has lovely grounds to wander and a nice cafe.

Highlight: the Buddist temple

Swarthmoor Hall

The home of Quakerism this 16th Century country house sits on the edge of Swarthmoor just before Ulverston.

Highlight: the experience of wandering the house

Hoad Monument

The lighthouse without a light atop the hoad hill in Ulverston. This was built as a monument to Sir John Barrow who was born in the town.

Highlight: standing at the foot of the monument looking up

Cartmel Priory

Stunning complete 12th Century priory church. Amazing carvings adorn the walls inside with some beautiful stained glass windows.

Highlight: the wonderfully carved misericords

The Lakeland Motor Museum

A large museum sittued where the old dolly blue works used to be in Backbarrow showcasing a huge variety of historic cars and memomorabilia.

Highlight: the shear amount of cars!

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

The last bobbin mill left in the country, once one of 65 across the Lake District. Run by English Heritage you can now take tours of the mill and even see bobbins being made!

Highlight: seeing the shavings fly off the wood as it is turned on a lathe

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