Visiting Cartmel Village Cumbria
Visiting Cartmel Village Cumbria: The first thing you simply cannot miss as you enter the village is one of the north of England's finest ecclesiastical buildings, the Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael.
Part of a 12th century Augustinian priory it survived the Dissolution of 1536-7 because the local people always had the right to worship in the priory church.
It is one of only a few in England where the whole church was preserved and remained in use as a parish church after the Dissolution.
The only other building that remains is the 14th century priory gatehouse.
Now forming part of the village's attractive market square with its village pump, ancient fish slabs, and 18th century obelisk.
Along with the art, craft and gift shops, tea-rooms, cafes and of course the public houses.
What is There to See in Cartmel Village
Cartmel is also well known for a "day at the races" with meetings held on the spring and summer Bank Holidays weekends.
National Hunt racecourse is just behind the village square, set in wooded parkland it is regarded by many of its followers as the most picturesque in Britain.
At nearby Cark-in-Cartmel, approx 2 miles away, is Holker Hall and Gardens, the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish and one of Cumbria's finest stately homes.
The present building dates from 1871 but records show a house on the site in the early 16th century, incidentally on land that was once owned by Cartmel Priory.
In the outbuildings of the grounds is the award winning Lakeland Motor Museum, including the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition.
Getting to Cartmel Cumbria
To find Cartmel from the M6 leave the motorway at Jct.36, onto the A590 and take the B5277 to Grange over Sands or one of the "B" roads from the A590.
Cartmel is well signposted.
The nearest railway station is at Cark-in-Cartmel, which is served by direct trains to
Manchester International Airport and connecting services to all major UK cities.
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