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Cartmel Priory

The Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Michael - Cartmel

Dating back to the 12th century, Cartmel Priory welcomes locals, tourists and pilgrims alike (Sunday service is 11am), as it has been doing for the last 800 years.

Founded in 1188 tours of the Priory are available, explaining developements over the years. The tour promises an enchanting journey including insights into the daily routine of life in a monastery in addition to stories of the battles with Henry VIII. Witches, a mermaid and a monkey also feature - if you are wondering how these are relevant to a tour of Cartmel Pirory...well you are just going to have to visit to find out......

Cartmel Races

The delightful grounds of the Holker Hall Estate make an elegant setting for the Cartmel Races.

Events take place through out the year and include a Daily Mail Vintage Race Night in May along with Picnic and BBQ events later in the year making them very Family friendly Days Out.

Find out if a race is going to be held whilst you are in Cumbria by checking the Cartmel Fixtures list.

Cartmel Village Shop - Sticky Toffee

Cartmel is probably now as famous for its Sticky Toffee Pudding as for the its Priory and Races.

Sticky Toffee Pudding now features regularly on Dinner Party menus and certainly on Cumbrian Pub menus....and for a very good reason, is, quite simply, delicious.

Our very own Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe is going to feature here, soon - I just want to make it one more time to double check all my measurements.

In the meantime if you are in Cartmel, then don't miss Cartmel Village Shop Sticky Toffee Pudding - and for an additional treat why not purchase a jar of the extra sticky toffee sauce too?

Camping and Caravan Sites - Cartmel

Greaves Family Caravan and Camping

A small family owned and maintained campsite in just 2.5 miles from Cartmel village on a working farm. Well behaved dogs and children are very welcome, however no single sex or large groups accepted. Greaves Farm is just 30 minutes from the motorway, ideal for those who want to explore the Southern Lakes without getting caught up in the crowds.

There are 20 mown, level grass pitchess, 12 with electric hook-ups (6amps).

The main touring park is spacious, and is beautifully situated in a 4 acre traditional Lakeland meadow. There is also a smaller paddock area with 2/3 pitches next to the static park orchard.

  • 2 'Visit Britain' Rose Award 4-6 berth holiday homes for hire
  • Touring caravans, motor homes and tents welcome
  • 18 pitch Static Park with services. Open March to October

    Greaves Farm has a 'Quiet Site Policy' from 10.30pm to 9.00am.

    Facilities include:

  • Amenity buildings with WC's, showers, wash-basins, hair-dryers and shaver points
  • Chemical Disposal Point for Tourers
  • Indoor facilities for dish-washing
  • Ice-pack freezing and small fridge
  • Pay phone on site
  • Milkman calls daily
  • Calor Gas exchange
  • Dogs allowed (must be kept on a lead at all times)

    Further information on this small family campsite can be found here here.

    Cartmel Camping and Caravan Park

    Wake up to views of Cartmel Priory and the gentle rolling Cartmel fells. Cartmel Camping and Caravan Site is set in 5 acres of tranquil land yet only a few minutes walk from the historic Priory Village of Cartmel. The site has two level, well draining tent fields and also accepts static caravans. (Please note that they are unable to accept touring caravans, motorhomes, transit vans or other similar commercial vehicles.)

    Free hot showers and hot and cold washing up area. There are shaver points in the gents and 20p will work the hairdryers in the ladies.

    Well behaved dogs (on lead) and children welcomed.

    For season dates and current prices please head over to the Cartmel Camping and Caravan website.

  • Cartmel Self Catering Accommodation

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    Selected self catering properties in and around Cartmel

    The Bread Shed

    bread shed cartmel Fantastic freshly baked bread in Cartmel. Check today's specialty and opening times here.

    Unsworth's Yard - Artisan Food Market - Cartmel

    CartmelThe recently established Unsworth's Yard is a treasure trove of Artisan Goodies which local Cumbrian residents are lucky enough to have yearly access to - the rest of us foodies who are not quite as local should take a note of the market opening dates below and plan our visits accordingly!

    Dates for 2011 - 10am - 4pm

  • Friday 15 April
  • Friday 20 May
  • Friday 17 June
  • Friday 15 July
  • Friday 19 August
  • Friday 16 September
  • Friday 21 October
  • Friday 18 November
  • Friday 16 December

    Expect an impressive collection of local, good quality, food traders, perfect for those are self catering in the region.

    Holy Well of Cartmel

    Willow Water is sourced from the Holy Well of Cartmel, having first been discovered by the Augustinain Monks. It takes its name from the pre-historic forest of willow trees. The peat formed from the remains of this forest combine with a layer of limestone to create a unique geology giving Willow Water a special blend of minerals which include salicin and high levels of calcium.

    Cartmel Restaurants


    Another 'famous' for Cartmel is L'enclume. It is one of the handful of restaurants in the UK to be awarded five AA rosettes for excellence and Chef Mark Birchall, of L'Enclume won the prestigious 2011 Roux Scholarship.

    Rooms are also available at this gastronomic Michelin starred restaurant.


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