Things to do at Lanercost Priory review
Lanercost Priory is a medieval monastic site in Lanercost, Cumbria. The site is well-preserved for its type and is maintained by English Heritage. It was founded in the early 12th century and originally housed Augustinian canons.
The priory is set in a tranquil location and stands close to Hadrian’s Wall. It suffered many attacks during the Anglo-Scottish wars including an attack with Robert the Bruce in person. There is still much to see and the east end of the 13th-century church survives to full height. There are a few, free to visit, English Heritage maintained parts of Hadrian’s wall that you can also visit in the local area.
As well as ruins that you can explore there are tombs of patrons of Lanercost including Randolf, the first Dacre and an ornate tomb of Sir Humphrey Dacre. The site was once the Tudor mansion of the Dacre family and you can see parts of this on your visit.
On the walls of the priory, you can spot several pieces of Roman inscription. This is because the medieval masons chose them because they were useful for building the priory with. There is also an undercroft that contains replicas of Roman altars and tombstones that have been found nearby over the last 200 years.
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FAQ and Further Information Lanercost Priory
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tearoom nearby (not managed by English Heritage). You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Large part ruined monastic abbey with different parts to it that you can explore including tombs and an undercroft. There are no toilets.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £6.30 without donation, children 5-17 £3.80. Other pricing options including family tickets are available. They also have different prices for their tickets depending on the time of year.
Is there parking?
There is limited parking. There are height restrictions.
When are they open?
Lanercost Priory is open for most of the year with some closure mid-week during autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Are they accessible?