The orderly feel of Longtown today belies its turbulent past. The town was remodelled in the 18th century, but its history goes back into the mists of time to the lawless Border clans of the Debatable Lands and beyond to the time of King Arthur.
This rugged and sparsely populated area has been fought over for centuries - by warring Romano-British tribes, as a result of territorial struggles between England and Scotland and between feuding families of reivers.
about the area
History & heritage
Longtown's location near the border of England and Scotland has influenced its history from earliest times
Art & culture
Eden Benchmarks: Ten carved stone sculptures along the length of the River Eden
The Solway coast's outstanding landscapes, diverse habitats and rich heritage have gained it recognition as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
head down to Longtown's local market held every third saturday of the month.