2 Best Sights in Cartmel, The Lake District

Cartmel Priory

Founded in 1190, the huge Cartmel Priory survived the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century because it was also the village church. Four monks and 10 villagers were hanged, however. The 25 wooden misericords are from 1440 and include a carved depiction of the Green Man, with a face made of leaves. Guided tours usually take place every Wednesday from April to October at 11 am and 2 pm (£5).

Holker Hall & Gardens

The red sandstone towers of Holker Hall rise above elegant English gardens. The Cavendish family still lives in the house, which has a fine cantilevered staircase and a library with more than 3,000 books. Much of the house was rebuilt in Elizabethan style after an 1871 fire. Topiaries, a labyrinth, and an enormous lime tree are the highlights of the 25 acres of gardens. The three-day Holker Festival in early June celebrates the gardens and local culture and food.

Off A5278, Cark, Cumbria, LA11 7PL, England
sights Details
Rate Includes: House and gardens £13.50; gardens only £9.50, Closed Mon. and Tues. and Nov.–mid-Mar.