Furness Abbey was once the largest and wealthiest abbey in the north-west of England. Explore the impressive ruins and learn more about the lives of the monks who lived here between the 12th and early 16th centuries.
“The trip gave the pupils a fantastic opportunity to embrace their local history."
Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Furness Abbey will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people, places in their own locality
- KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066 – 1509 and 1509 - 1745
Free Self-Led Visit
Book a free self-led visit to Furness Abbey and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Explore the extensive abbey remains, including the ornately decorated chapter house and the octagonal kitchen and spot the features that explore monastic life. The museum houses an extensive collection of stone carvings and effigies along with the beautiful medieval ‘Furness Crozier’, a silver-gilt staff found in one of the abbey graves.Enquire Now
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.