The beautiful and tranquil setting of Lanercost Priory hides its troubled history. The Augustinian priory sits in the Cumbrian countryside beside the River Irthing but was subjected to frequent attacks during the Anglo-Scottish wars, once by Robert Bruce in person. It was a resting place for King Edward I for five months before his final campaign. After the dissolution, the priory was converted into a private house for the Dacre family and the monastery remains well preserved today.
“A very enjoyable and valuable day!”
Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Lanercost Priory 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 and places in their own locality
- KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1745
Free Self-Led Visits
Book a free self-led visit to Lanercost Priory and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Explore the 13th century remains including the east end of the noble Church which stands at full height and the vaulted undercroft of the refectory. Can you spot the Roman inscriptions on stones reused in the building of the priory?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.