The Priory site
On the Priory site
Lanercost Prioy is set in a beautiful and tranquil
site in the valley of the River Irthing, downstream from the Roman fort at
Birdoswald (see also) and in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall.
There is much to see and do in Lanercost Priory site and in its vicinity.
It is well worth a visit whether you live or are staying in the area, walking
Hadrian's Wall, passing through or exploring the region.
||The Priory Church, open every day, entrance is
free, but donations are very welcome to help our small community maintain this
historic building and keep it open and running as a church.
||The Priory ruins, under the guardianship of English
Heritage and open to the public.
||The Dacre Hall, part of the original monastic buildings
and later the home of the Lanercost branch of the Dacre family, now our village hall.
Used for many functions and events, often hosting craft fairs. Contains remaining
fragments of some of the finest wallpainting in the North of England.
||The Priory garth, the field in front of the church,
bounded by the medieval monastery wall and entered by an archway that formed part of
the original gatehouse. On the garth you may well find stock grazing, but also the
base of the medieval cross (the shaft is now in the church).
||The vicarage, incorporating a pele tower (not open to
||The buildings of the Abbey Farm, until very recently
a working farm. The buildings have been sympathetically renovated and now incorporate
accommmodation, including holiday accommodation, a tea-room and restaurant, farm shop,
gift shop and gallery, operating under the "Lanercost" banner