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Top Five Things To Do In Cartmel


Think a tangle of quaint narrow streets, a historic market square and the River Eea running beneath weeping willows and stone bridges. Think lifestyle shops, delicatessens, fine dining and friendly inns and you have the medieval village of Cartmel.

It’s impossible to visit this village and not come away feeling inspired and uplifted. Here’s the lowdown on five of the best things to do in Cartmel.

Cartmel Priory


Presiding over Cartmel, this Augustine Priory has a rich history dating back to the 12th Century. Following its dissolution in the 16th century no monks remain, but the impressive church still stands, showcasing a range of architectural styles. The priory still remains an active place of worship, whilst weekly guided tours delve into its fascinating past. Cartmel Priory also hosts a busy event schedule, including evening concerts, so do check their website for more details.

Unsworth’s Yard Brewery


Situated in the heart of Cartmel, this family-run brewery produces some of the finest cask ales in the South Lakes. Luckily, all their beers are bottled and sold in the shop so you can return home fully laden with delights. For those of you with a keen interest in brewing you’ll be delighted to know that the tasting room bar offers a full view of the brewing process, whilst guided tours and group tasting sessions can be booked.

Cartmel Cheeses


So you’ve sampled a few local beers at Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, and you’re feeling a bit peckish. So what next? Cheese! Cartmel Cheeses, located within the brewery premises, produce a delicious range of British and Continental cheeses. From mild blues, to tangy goats’ cheese, Cartmel Cheeses is a haven for the cheese connoisseur. They also offer an assortment of baked goods, as well as gift vouchers and merchandise, so be sure to pay a visit!

Cartmel Food Market


Cartmel is already a major draw for food lovers, with its Michelin star dining, locally produced cheeses and beers and, perhaps most importantly, the village shop famous for its sticky toffee pudding! But on the 3rd Friday of every month it gets even better, with Cartmel hosting a food market in the environs of the Priory. Here, a whole host of local artisans and producers come together to display their fantastic products. Whether it’s hog roasts, Cumberland sausages or a selection of sweet treats you fancy, it’s all here and it’s well worth a visit.

Cartmel Racecourse

Just on the edge of Cartmel, this Victorian racecourse is a fantastic attraction for anyone lucky enough to be visiting Cartmel on raceday. Surrounded by stone walls, this compact racecourse also boasts the longest run-in (4 furlongs) in the whole of Britain.  The village is transformed, as thousands of race goers descend upon Cartmel to witness some thrilling sporting action. Races are usually limited to the months of May to August, and it’s advised that tickets are bought in advance due to the high demand.


If you want to make the very most of Cartmel, why not base yourself there for a week or a long weekend? Explore our Cartmel cottage collection and learn more about the village and its surroundings in our Cartmel guide.