Lanercost Priory

Things To See and Do

Welcome to Lanercost Priory

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click the button below.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Priory - The priory will be open as usual.
  • Shop - The shop will be open.
  • Toilets - Unfortunately, there are no toilets available on site.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Lanercost Priory's indoor shop and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
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The Tombs

Lanercost's patrons were buried in the priory's east end from the death of Randolf, the first Dacre, in 1339 to the twentieth century. The ornate tomb of Sir Humphrey Dacre in the north transept was set up after his widow Lady Mabel's death in 1510.

The elaborate tombs of Lord Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Dacre are located in the south transept. Lord Thomas had an important role in the English victory at Flodden in 1513 and later died on campaign in Scotland on 24 October 1525.

Visitors can also see an exquisite terracota effigy by the renowned sculptor Sir Edgar Boehm, which commemorates Elizabeth Dacre Howard, daughter of George and Rosalind Howard. She died in 1883, only four months old.

Roman Stonework and Altars

Lanercost Priory is located in Hadrian's Wall Country. No surprise then that the walls of the Priory include several pieces of Roman inscription. The medieval masons chose them simply because they were useful for building.

You can see one example in the cloister, in the massive chimney of the Dacre Hall in the west range.

The undercroft contains replicas of Roman altars and tombstones found near Lanercost over the last 200 years.

Lanercost Experience

Situated 100 yards from the 12th Century Lanercost Priory is a Tearoom, Shop and Visitor Information Centre. Here you can plan your Hadrian's Wall adventure over a cup of tea or indeed lunch.

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