The priory is one of the architectural jewels in Cumbria and well worth a visit. This beautiful and historic church in the seaside village of St Bees, built in 1120, is all that remains of the original Priory, but it is a thriving and much loved parish church.
Walk along the Sleeping Child Garden, by Josefina de Vasconcellos, a memorial to lost young lives; then enter the church through the west door, a magnificent Norman doorway. To the left is the Lady Chapel and in the opposite transept, the famous Willis organ, an instrument of cathedral size built in 1899 and still in regular use for services, recitals and concerts.
If you stand in the doorway and look towards the entrance of the church and to the back of the hall you can appreciate that this church was originally of cathedral proportions.
Spectacular stained glass
Social heritage stories
National heritage here
Bus stop within 100m
Train station within 250m
Level access to the main areas
Car park at church
On street parking at church
Parking within 250m
Accessible toilets in church
Church shop or souvenirs
* Nominally 9am until dusk, but often open earlier and closed later, especially from April to September.
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