Wetheral Priory Gatehouse

General View of Wetheral Priory

Free Entry

Open daily

Address:

Wetheral, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8ES

Before You Go

Please note that Wetheral Priory Gatehouse will close at 1pm on Friday 2nd December. It will be open as normal on Saturday 3rd December at 10am.

Wetheral Priory Gatehouse will also be closed on 25th, 26th and 27th of December, and will reopen as normal on 28th.

 

This gatehouse is the sole survivor of a small Benedictine priory. A miniature 'pele-tower' containing two storeys of comfortable rooms, it later became a fortified vicarage, a defence against border raiders.

Read more about the history of Wetheral Priory Gatehouse.

Before You Go

Opening Times: Open daily, 10am-5pm April to September, and 10am-4pm October to March. Closed over Christmas and New Year. View details.

Access: Steps to the upper floor are uneven - please take care.

Parking: There is no dedicated parking at Wetheral Priory Gatehouse, which is situated immediately on a narrow country road. It is a short five minute walk from Wetheral Village.

Facilities: Nearby Wetheral village has a choice of places to eat and drink.

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Plan a Great Day Out

Explore the fraught and fascinating history of the borders further at nearby Carlisle Castle, a 15 minute drive east of Wetheral. Visit medieval rooms, 19th century military buildings and the exhibition telling the story of the castle's turbulent history.

The tranquil remains of the Lanercost Priory are just over 20 minutes away. It is one of the best preserved monasteries in Cumbria, and has a tearoom, gallery and shop.

The World Heritage sites of Hadrian's Wall are also nearby.

 

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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