Furness Abbey

The impressive remains of an abbey founded in 1123 by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings.

About this church

Now a ruin, Furness Abbey was once the second most powerful Cistercian monastery in Britain, after Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The Abbey is mentioned in William Wordsworth's poem The Prelude, and J M W Turner made a number of etchings of the Abbey. The site is reputedly haunted, and it is believed there is a tunnel running underneath the Abbey linking it to Piel Castle and Dalton Castle. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Mary

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St Mary the Virgin & St Michael

St Mary and St Michael's church is said to have very early origins, as 9th and 10th century richly carved crosses were found on the site and are now on display in the church.

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