Founded in the late 12th century in a secluded and beautiful valley of the river Lowther, Shap Abbey was one of 32 religious houses in Britain belonging to the Premonstratensian order of canons. Today the impressive 15th century tower and other remains can be explored with the help of information panels that guide you around the abbey and illustrate daily monastic life.
Read more about the history of Shap Abbey.
Before You Go
Access: The access track to the car park is steep and narrow, through grazed land. Disabled access is limited to external views only.
Parking: Car parking is available near the abbey ruins with a £2 charge for non-members payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display. If you would prefer to pay in advance of your visit, please visit our parking payment service website. Not suitable for large coaches, or cars in wintry weather.
The abbey ruins are signposted with pedstrian directions from the car park.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present. Site is adjacent to a river.
Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.
Plan a Great Day Out
Also in the Lake District is Stott Park Bobbin Mill. Take a guided tour and explore the story of this humble little mill, which was once an industrial powerhouse making millions of bobbins. You can also pick up your own bobbin from the shop.